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Mathew Foggy, Jr.
Mathew Foggy, Jr. is a Principal at the Unpaid Labor Project, launched in January of
2015. He is an entrepreneur who has operated roller skating centers continuously since
1970, and other businesses. From an early age he has been involved in the struggle for
Civil Rights. Marching to oppose discrimination in hiring at banks in East St. Louis,
Illinois. Being arrested and jailed for his protest. Attending the March on Washington in
1963. Participating in the Million-Man March.
Mathew is not a trained historian; however, it was his personal struggle to understand the
impact of “race” on his business, his community, and his person that led him to look to
American history for answers. After 25 years what emerged from his personal study of
more than 100 books about the history of the early American Republic was the
conclusion that the contribution of the first 12 generations of African Americans was
vital to the birth, growth and survival of the United States of America.
Clifton D. Berry
Clifton D. Berry is a Principal at the Unpaid Labor Project, launched in January of 2015.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a retired financial service professional whose
career in banking included commercial real estate lending, loan review and
administration, and government and community relations. Clifton was the lead executive
for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) in St. Louis, Missouri from
its inception in 1995. His government and community relation functions and his
leadership of the Fannie Mae office placed him in the role of serving and advocating for
underserved people and communities of African Americans and other racial minorities.
Clifton met Mathew Foggy, Jr. 30 years ago related to a business transaction. Over the
course of their decades long friendship Clifton has witnessed Mathew’s passion for social
justice for African Americans. He has learned from Mathew’s unique contribution
perspective on the history of slavery in America that comes from the research of the PhD
historians that Mathew has studied. As a result, Clifton has concluded that the
contribution perspective of racial slavery; the impact of the slave on the nation, is
powerful enough to change the way Americans think about the subject of “race” for the
Mattaniah Foggy is a Principal at the Unpaid Labor Project. Ms. Foggy is Mathew’s
daughter. She has primary responsibility for graphics and the design of all of the
Project’s collateral materials. She shares responsibility for marketing, social media
marketing, public relations, and planning. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business
Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Master of
Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Webster University.
Robert Pierce Forbes, PhD
Robert Pierce Forbes, PhD is a consultant to the Unpaid Labor Project. Dr. Forbes began
his work with the Project in August of 2015. Rob earned his PhD in History from Yale
University. He earned his undergraduate degree in History from The George Washington
University, graduating summa cum laude with special and departmental honors. Dr.
Forbes is the founding Associate Director at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of
Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale, and he presently serves as Lecturer in History
at Southern Connecticut State University.
Dr. Forbes is the author of the book The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath:
Slavery and the Meaning of America. Rob’s book is one of the books that Mathew
Foggy, Jr. studied during his search for meaning. It was in the introduction to The
Missouri Compromise that Mathew read
“…a narrative that negates all traces of a matter as massive as slavery must
inevitably distort the rest of the story as well.”
It was that statement regarding the role of racial slavery in American history that
convinced those at the Unpaid Labor Project that Dr. Forbes is the right person to assist
the Project. Since joining the Project Dr. Forbes has been integral to ensuring that the
Project is accurate regarding its interpretation of the history of the early American
Republic. He has also managed and fostered relationships with key historians and with
associations of historians such as The Society for Historians of the Early American
Republic (SHEAR) and the Organization of American Historians (OAH).