In her first 30-year career, Vinita Moch Ricks was a college professor of Psychology and the Social Sciences at Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL (1974-2004). She retired. After reading Hugh Thomas’ The Slave Trade, she started to travel, read and seriously engage this fascinating subject. She has now travelled to twenty-three countries on five continents. She has lived in three of these countries. In Africa (Ghana, Morocco, South Africa, Swaziland & Zimbabwe), Central America & Caribbean Islands (Belize, Bahamas, Guatemala, Jamaica, Panama &Trinidad), Europe (Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey & UK), North America (Canada, Mexico, & visited 31 of the 50 States in the US), and South America (Salvador, Brazil), She has not retired her traveling shoes.
She has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, School of Education & Social Policy in Educational Psychology. She has an M. A. from the University of Chicago in the Social Sciences and a B. A. from Indiana University in Psychology and Political Science. She is a life-long learner.