Joel Augustus Rogers
American historianDied when: 82 years 201 days (990 months)
Star Sign: Virgo
Joel Augustus Rogers (September 6, 1880/3 – March 26, 1966) was a Jamaican-American author, journalist, and amateur historian who focused on the history of Africa; as well as the African diaspora.
After settling in the United States in 1906, he lived in Chicago and then New York City.He became interested in the history of African Americans in the United States.
His research spanned the academic fields of history, sociology and anthropology.He challenged prevailing ideas about scientific racism and the social construction of race, demonstrated the connections between civilizations, and traced achievements of ethnic Africans, including some with mixed European ancestry.
He was one of the earliest popularizers of African and African-American history in the 20th century.His book, "World's Great Men of Color" was recognized by John Henrik Clarke as being J.A.
Rogers' greatest achievement.