Dr. Joseph C. Kennedy
My grandfather Dr. Joseph Kennedy was the second black American to get a PhD in social psychology from Columbia University when he graduated in 1958. Because of his parents’ teachings on Africa he developed a deep interest, traveling there with his own family in the early 1960s. He was the first black American to be Peace Corps Director for the East Asia and Pacific Region. In 1971, he co-founded Africare, a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to improving the quality of life of the people in Africa and strengthening relations between American blacks and Africans. His writings on Africa and African development have appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Washington Post. He has traveled to 100 countries.