Erica Anderson

Independent Historian

Erica Lee Anderson is an undergraduate history student at the University of Washington.  Having lived all over the United States, she has always had an interest in history.  She hopes to graduate from the University of Washington in June of 2008 with a B.A. in history.  From there, she hopes to attend graduate school in the Seattle area to obtain her Master’s In Teaching and eventually teach elementary school.

Lowndes County Freedom Organization

Letter on Lowndes County Freedom Organization Stationary, ca. 1966 Image Ownership: Public Domain The Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), also known as the Black Panther Party, was started in 1965 under the direction of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activist Stokely Carmichael.  In 1965, Lowndes … Read MoreLowndes County Freedom Organization

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) was founded on April 26, 1964 as part of a voter registration project for African Americans in the state.  For over half a century Mississippi blacks had attempted to attend regular Democratic Party meetings and conventions but were continually … Read MoreMississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Cleveland Sellers (1944- )

Image Courtesy of Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. Cleveland Sellers was born on November 8, 1944 in Denmark, South Carolina.  Cleveland became interested in the Civil Rights Movement with the murder of Emmett Till in 1955.  In 1960 at 15, he organized his first sit-in protest … Read MoreCleveland Sellers (1944- )

Gloria Richardson (1922- )

Gloria Hayes Richardson was born on May 6, 1922 in Baltimore, Maryland to parents John and Mabel Hayes.  During the Great Depression her parents moved the family to Cambridge, Maryland, the home of Mabel Hayes.  Young Gloria grew up in a privileged environment.  Her grandfather, … Read MoreGloria Richardson (1922- )

Katherine Dunham (1909-2006)

Katherine Dunham was born on June 22, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Albert and Fanny Dunham.  She was of mixed heritage with African, Madagascan, Canadian-French and American Indian ancestry.  Dunham was raised in Joliet, Illinois and didn’t begin formal dance training until her late … Read MoreKatherine Dunham (1909-2006)

Bernice Johnson Reagon (1942- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Bernice Johnson Reagon, singer/composer, cultural historian, author, and producer, was born on October 4, 1942 in Dougherty County, Georgia, to Reverend Jessie Johnson and Beatrice Johnson. The third child of eight, she began singing at the age of five in her … Read MoreBernice Johnson Reagon (1942- )