Pioneering Howard University professor in European history and Black diaspora studies. Author of the award-winning book "Russia and the Negro: Blacks in Russian History and Thought" .
WWI veteran and anti-racism activist. He lead a team of Black expert agronomists to Uzbekistan, helping to revolutionize cotton production in the Soviet Union. Remained in the USSR and became a Soviet citizen.
First Black student to graduate from Harvard University. Appointed as the United States Commercial Agent in Vladivostok, Russia.
Staff writer for the New Yorker. Made her journalistic debut with "Russian Journal", a chronicle of her year spent in the Soviet Union as the wife of a PhD student.
Award-winning travel journalist and Washington Post staff writer. The fluent Russian-speaker was promoted to Moscow Bureau Chief and received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for articles about Gorbechev's Russia.
Interior designer who moved to Moscow after being denied work opportunities in the States. Gained recognition decorating at the famous Hotel Metropol and the Kremlin, with his work being exhibited in the House of the Red Army and the Theater of Young Workers.
Russian-speaking political scientist and civil servant. Served as a presidential national security advisor on the Soviet Union & Eastern Europe, then as the first Black female U.S. Secretary of State.
Escaping racism in the American entertainment industry, Wayland Rudd moved to the USSR, becoming a Soviet theater and film star.
The remarkable son of Mississippi slaves who became a millionaire impresario in Tsarist Moscow.