A. Absher

Academic Historian

Dr. A. Absher earned her PhD at the University of Washington.  Currently, she is teaching history and composition as a SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  The University of Michigan press plans to publish her first book, which examines race in Chicago as seen through the eyes of African American musicians in the city, in the spring of 2013.


Eileen Jackson Southern (1920-2002)

Eileen Southern was among the first generation of musicologists focused on studying, preserving, and teaching the history and traditions of African American music. She was also the first female African American faculty member at Harvard University. Born Eileen Jackson in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1920, her … Read MoreEileen Jackson Southern (1920-2002)

Lloyd Albert Quarterman (1918-1982)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Born May 31, 1918 in Philadelphia, Lloyd Albert Quarterman, a chemist, was one of the few African American scientists and technicians to work on the Manhattan Project, the top secret effort to design and build the atomic bomb during World War II. Quarterman … Read MoreLloyd Albert Quarterman (1918-1982)

Moddie Daniel Taylor (1912-1976)

Image Courtesy of Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution Moddie Daniel Taylor, a chemist by training, was a member of the small, elite group of African American scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, the code name for the … Read MoreModdie Daniel Taylor (1912-1976)