Peter Besel

Student Historian

Peter Besel was born and raised in Woodinville Washington just thirty minutes outside of Seattle. He is currently a freshman at the University of Washington in Seattle who earned direct admittance into the Foster School of Business. He hopes to double major in Informatics along with Finance. His inspiration for writing for Blackpast comes from his sister who moved to Memphis Tennessee and shared her stories on how little the people, even people of color, know about black history in the west. He hopes that his writings will inform the people reading them of the importance of black history and the movement Black Lives Matter.

Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers (1954-1957)

Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers began in 1954 as a singing group founded at Edward W. Stitt Junior High School in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan (New York City, New York) by second tenor Jimmy Merchant and bass Sherman Garnes. They initially called themselves the Earth Angels. Eventually they added lead singer, Herman Santiago, and … Read MoreFrankie Lymon and The Teenagers (1954-1957)

University of Georgia Desegregation Riot (1961)

Charlayne Hunter After Her Suspension From the University of Georgia, January 1961 Image Ownership: Public domain On January 9, 1961 two black students, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, entered the University of Georgia campus to register for classes. Their registration was the end of a long court battle to integrate the … Read MoreUniversity of Georgia Desegregation Riot (1961)

Joseph C. Carter (1956- )

Joseph C. Carter was an accomplished individual with a blemished past. Carter enlisted in the National Guard and served with them in reserves from 1974 to 2012. In 1978 Carter joined the Boston, Massachusetts Police Department (BPD) where he served as a patrol officer, detective, patrol supervisor, Deputy … Read MoreJoseph C. Carter (1956- )

Marcelite J. Harris (1943- )

Major General Marcelite J. Harris of the U.S. Air Force was born on January 16, 1943 in Houston, Texas to Cecil O’Neal Jordan and Marcelite Terrill Jordan, Harris grew up in Houston and graduated from Kashmere High School in 1960 before enrolling at Spelman College where she earned a bachelors in … Read MoreMarcelite J. Harris (1943- )