Three African activists and keepers of the culture that Port Of Harlem (POH) have featured Melvin Foote, Brenda Randolph, and Baba-C were recently named honorees for their African-centered work. “It is always good and an inspiration for us to have people in our sphere honored for their world African-related work,” says POH publisher Wayne Young.
Mali awarded Melvin Foote, Founder and President of Constituency for Africa, at its embassy in Washington, DC. for his work over many years in support of Mali in the United States. The Washington, D.C.-based network of organizations, groups, and individuals commit themselves to the progress and empowerment of Africa and African people worldwide. Mali made the presentations for the “The Knight of the National Order of Mali” he received via Zoom.
Similar to Foote, Brenda Randolph’s African advocacy runs deep. She is the president of Africa Access and Outreach Director at the Title VI Center for African Studies, Howard University, but it was in the late 1960s that she co-founded the Southern Africa Relief Fund to assist the victims of apartheid and Portuguese colonialism.
In 1989, she founded Africa Access to combat stereotypes about Africa and help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of their K-12 collections on Africa. In 1991 Africa Access, in collaboration with the African Studies Association, founded the Children’s Africana Book Award that honors the authors and illustrators of outstanding K-12 books on Africa. In 2015, Randolph created the Discover Africa in the Americas website and in 2020 The Gold Road website in collaboration with the African Studies Centers at Howard University and Boston University.