Ayodale Braimah

Student Historian

Ayodale Braimah was born in Manhattan, New York, and shortly afterward moved to Liberal, Kansas, where he graduated from high school. Ayodale is currently an undergraduate at the University of Washington, Seattle and is planning on majoring in microbiology with the hope of attending medical or graduate school but has an interest in African American history as well.

Dale Brown Emeagwali (1954- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Dale Brown Emeagwali is a distinguished American scientist who is best known for her investigational research in the fields of microbiology and oncology. Emeagwali was born on December 24th, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland, and was the youngest of three children. Her mother, Doris Brown, … Read MoreDale Brown Emeagwali (1954- )

Sade (1959- )

Sade is an internationally renowned, multi-Grammy award winning singer who is known for her smooth, melodic vocals and the seamless incorporation of different styles of music. Helen Folasade Adu, professionally known as Sade, was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria on January 16, 1959. Her … Read MoreSade (1959- )

Robert Louis Shepard (1947- )

Image Courtesy of Dr. Robert Shepard Robert Louis Shepard, Phd is an author and chemist.  He is best known for opening doors of opportunity for faculty and students in science-related fields at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Beginning in 1983 he became an advocate for inclusion of HBCUs … Read MoreRobert Louis Shepard (1947- )

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian-born writer who is best known for her published works that have garnered internal acclaim. Adichie, the fifth of six children, was born on September 15, 1977, in Enugu, Nigeria, to James Nwoye Adichie and Grace Ifeoma. Her father … Read MoreChimamanda Ngozi Adichie (1977- )

Philip Emeagwali (1954- )

Image Ownership: Public domain ENTRY SPONSOR: Patrick Ngatchou Philip Emeagwali is a computer scientist who is best known for utilizing the connection machine and 65,536 microprocessors to achieve 3.1 billion calculations per second, the fastest computational record at the time. Emeagwali was born on August 23rd, 1954 … Read MorePhilip Emeagwali (1954- )

Flint, Michigan Riot (1967)

The 1967 Flint, Michigan Riot was among the over 150 urban disturbances that arose during what has been coined as the “long hot summer” of 1967. Prior racial tensions and underlying resentments were an unfortunate common theme shared in many of these instances of civil unrest. In Flint, … Read MoreFlint, Michigan Riot (1967)

Houston (TSU) Riot (1967)

Image Ownership: Public domain The event labeled as the Houston Riot occurred on the Texas Southern University (TSU) campus in Houston, Texas in 1967. As with many other civil disturbances during the 1960s, underlying racial resentments prior to the event finally reached a tipping point.  In this instance, however, … Read MoreHouston (TSU) Riot (1967)

Albina Riot, Portland, Oregon (1967)

Portland Police Arrest Two Black Men in the Albina Riot, 1967 Image Ownership: Public domain The 1967 Albina Riot in Portland, Oregon, occurred during a summer in which over 150 other cities were experiencing civil unrest. Underlying resentments and racial tensions that had been mounting for decades were … Read MoreAlbina Riot, Portland, Oregon (1967)

Plainfield, N.J. Riot (1967)

The 1967 Plainfield, New Jersey, Riot was among the over 150 urban uprisings that transpired throughout the nation in the late 1960s. As with many other uprisings during this time, underlying resentments that had been mounting in neglected communities contributed to the civil unrest that occurred. Frustrations and … Read MorePlainfield, N.J. Riot (1967)