Independent Historian

Peter Besel was born and raised in Woodinville Washington just thirty minutes outside of Seattle. He is currently working at Parcion Private Wealth after graduating with a degree in Finance from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. His inspiration for writing for BlackPast comes from his former professor, Quintard Taylor, who displayed a passion for honoring the excellence of the people featured on this site. He hopes that his writings will inform the people reading them of the importance of black history and its effect on our culture.

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)

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 university that began a decade earlier when another student, Horace Ward, tried to gain admission … 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- )