Groundbreakers

Poems on various subjects, religous and moral by Phillis Wheatley. Photo Credit: © New York Public Library Digital Collections.

United States – Phillis Wheatley, Poet, and Writer Sailed to England

Poet and writer, Phillis Wheatley, sailed to England in 1773 with her slave master, Nathaniel Wheatley in search of a publisher for her work because none was available in the United States. Her book, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral was published in London on September 1, 1773 by Archibald Bell, Bookseller. Wheatley became […]

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United States – President Barack Obama Visits Goree Island

President Obama, the first Black president of the United States visits Goree Island, Senegal, with his wife, First Lady, Michell Obama, and other members of their family. Goree Island is a symbolically important landmark that serves as a reminder of ships bound for America bearing enslaved Africans in shackles. References: Ravinsky, Jeremy. 2013. “Goree Island:

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Woni Spotts visiting the Great Wall of China in 2015. Photo Credit: © Woni Spotts via Instagram.

United States – Woni Spotts, Completes Goal Of Visiting All 195 United Nations Member Countries

On September 28, 2018, Woni Spotts completed her goal of visiting all seven continents and the 195 countries recognized by the United Nations. Much of Spotts travel occurred during the 1970s and 1980s before the era of social media, and so her proof comes in the form of airline records, passport stamps, and US State

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Jessica Nabongo in Guinea-Bissau. Photo Credit: © Jessica Nabongo via Instagram.

United States – Jessica Nabongo, Completes Goal Of Visiting All 195 United Nations Member Countries

On October 6, 2019, Jessica Nabongo completed her goal of visiting all 195 United Nations member countries and observing states, including the Vatican and Palestine, when she arrived in her final country, Seychelles. A travel entrepreneur and photographer, Nabongo, documented her journey via social media, particularly her popular Instagram account TheCatchMeIfYouCan. Nabongo now markets herself

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Frederick Douglass circa 1879. Photo Credit: © National Archives at College Park.

United States – Frederick Douglass Sets Sail On A Trans-Atlantic Tour

In August 1845, Frederick Douglass began what would be nearly a 2-year long tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England. Douglass had only escaped from slavery seven years earlier and had been speaking at abolition meetings for four years. The abolitionist commenced what would become his Transatlantic tour when he first set sail to Britain and

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