Academic Historian

Daudi Abe is a professor, writer, and historian who has delivered curriculum covering topics such as culture, race, gender, education, hip-hop, and sports spanning four decades. He has taught all levels from kindergarten to graduate school, serving the last twenty years as an instructor and course developer at Seattle Central College.

Dr. Abe is Faculty Coordinator for the Academy for Rising Educators at SCC as well as History of Race & Policing curriculum consultant at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. His latest book, Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle, was published in 2020 by University of Washington Press.

Josef Kony (1961?- )/Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)

Josef Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), was reportedly born in 1961 and raised in the northern Uganda village of Odek.  Kony was deeply influenced as a youth by Christianity.  Following the arrival of the first missionaries in what is now Uganda … Read MoreJosef Kony (1961?- )/Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)

Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone, Jr. (1924-2014)

Charles “Chuck” Stone, Jr., pioneering African American newspaper columnist, editor, author, and professor was born on July 21, 1924 to Charles and Madeline Stone in St. Louis, Missouri.  Soon after, the family moved to Connecticut where Stone’s mother worked for the Hartford Board of Education … Read MoreCharles Sumner “Chuck” Stone, Jr. (1924-2014)

Jamaica Bobsled Team (1987- )

The Jamaica Bobsled Federation (JBF) was initially created in 1987 by two American businessmen living in Jamaica, George Fitch and William Maloney. After watching a local pushcart race, Fitch and Maloney recognized similarities with bobsledding. Already aware of Jamaica’s athletic history, particularly around sprinting and … Read MoreJamaica Bobsled Team (1987- )

Marion Hugh “Suge” Knight, Jr (1965- )

Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, Jr., co-founder (with Dr. Dre) of the pioneering hip-hop record company Death Row Records, was born on April 19, 1965 to Marion and Maxine Knight in Compton, California.  His father was a janitor while his mother worked on an assembly line.  Because … Read MoreMarion Hugh “Suge” Knight, Jr (1965- )

Stanley Kirk “M.C. Hammer” Burrell (1962- )

“Image Ownership: John Matthew Smith (CC BY-SA 2.0)” M.C. Hammer, pioneering West Coast rapper, dancer, producer, actor and entrepreneur was born Stanley Kirk Burrell on March 30, 1962 in Oakland, California.  One of eight children, Hammer grew up in poverty.  His mother was a secretary … Read MoreStanley Kirk “M.C. Hammer” Burrell (1962- )