Luther Adams

Academic Historian

Luther Adams is an assistant professor at the University of Washington – Tacoma, in Tacoma, Washington. He earned a B.A. in History at the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. in History is from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written numerous articles on African American history including, “Headed to Louisville: Rethinking Rural to Urban Migration in the South, 1930 – 1950” in The Journal of Social History, Volume 40, Number 2, Winter, 2006. He specializes in African American urban history and Southern history. He is completing a study on African American migration in Louisville, Kentucky.

Samuel Berry McKinney (1926-2018)

Born on December 28, 1926 to Reverend Wade Hampton McKinney and Ruth Berry McKinney in Flint, Michigan, Samuel Berry McKinney would become a Baptist minister, author, and civil rights advocate in Seattle, Washington. He served as pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, one of the … Read MoreSamuel Berry McKinney (1926-2018)

Horace Julian Bond (1940-2015)

Horace Julian Bond was a scholar, poet, former legislator, and activist in the American Civil Rights Movement.  Julian Bond, as he came to be known, was born on January 14, 1940, in Nashville, Tennessee to Julia Washington Bond and Horace Mann Bond, an educator who … Read MoreHorace Julian Bond (1940-2015)

Alfred Charles “Al” Sharpton (1954- )

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