Joseph Bernardo

Independent Historian

Joseph Bernardo received a Ph.D. in History at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2014, focusing on Asian American history, race in the American west, and Philippine history.  He earned a BA in Global & International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2001 and an MA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University in 2003.  After graduating from San Francisco State, he worked for four years at the Office of Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti.

Lt. General Calvin Waller (1937–1996)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Calvin Augustine Hoffman Waller was a United States Army officer who rose to prominence as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief for military operations with United States Central Command (Forward), during the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991).  He became at that time one of the highest-ranking African American officers … Read MoreLt. General Calvin Waller (1937–1996)

Riley Leroy Pitts (1937–1967)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Riley Leroy Pitts was a United States Army Captain and the first African American officer to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.  President Lyndon B. Johnson presented the medal posthumously in 1968 for his exceptional heroism during the Vietnam War. Pitts … Read MoreRiley Leroy Pitts (1937–1967)

George W., Jr. Hickman (1924–2012)

Image Ownership: Public Domain George Hickman was a Tuskegee airman during the World War II.  Later in his life, he was a fixture at Seattle sporting events, working as an usher at University of Washington games and Seattle Seahawk football games. A grandson to slaves, … Read MoreGeorge W., Jr. Hickman (1924–2012)

Clayton Pitre (1924- )

Clayton Pitre (right) with Fellow Montford Point Marine at White House Ceremony, June 2012 Image Ownership: Public Domain Clayton Pitre is a long time Seattle, Washington-based community activist, former Chief Housing Developer for the Central Area Motivation Project (CAMP), and a retired Montford Point Marine. … Read MoreClayton Pitre (1924- )

Frank W., Jr. Ballance (1942 – )

Frank W. Ballance, Jr., was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004, representing the 1st Congressional District in North Carolina.  Prior to his tenure as a member of Congress, Ballance served in the North Carolina State House of Representatives … Read MoreFrank W., Jr. Ballance (1942 – )

Marcia Fudge (1952 – )

Democrat Marcia Fudge is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 11th Congressional District of Ohio since November 2008. She was the first female African American mayor of Warrensville Heights, a predominantly middle-class black suburban city outside of Cleveland.  She served as … Read MoreMarcia Fudge (1952 – )

Heman Marion Sweatt (1912-1982)

Heman Sweatt in Law School Registration Line, University of Texas, Sept. 19, 1950. Image courtesy of the Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Student Media, The Daily Texan. Prints and Photographs Collection, CN 00323a. Heman Marion Sweatt was a postal … Read MoreHeman Marion Sweatt (1912-1982)

Eric Pettigrew (1960 – )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Eric Pettigrew is the current Washington State Representative for the 37th Legislative District representing Southeast Seattle, Washington and its suburbs.  Representative Pettigrew grew up in South Central Los Angeles.  After graduating from Nogales High School in the City of Industry, California, … Read MoreEric Pettigrew (1960 – )