Alys Beverton

Independent Historian

Alys Beverton is an undergraduate at the University of Sussex, England, with a particular interest in African American history. She is currently attending the University of Washington, Seattle, as an exchange student for one year. Upon completion of her degree in 2010, she hopes to continue on in academics and pursue a master’s degree in American history.

Alexandre Dumas (Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie), (1802 – 1870)

Alexandre Dumas père, prolific playwright, novelist, travel writer and historian, was born on the 24th July 1802 to Marie Louise Labouret and her husband Thomas Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, who was a military general under Napoleon I. Dumas’ paternal grandfather was the Marquis Antoine-Alexandre … Read MoreAlexandre Dumas (Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie), (1802 – 1870)

Edgardo Ortuno (1970- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Edgardo Ortuno, Afro-Uruguayan professor, politician, and activist for human rights and equal opportunities, was born on June 10, 1970 in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Ortuno’s childhood experiences had a profound impact on his adult life. Growing up as an Afro-Uruguayan … Read MoreEdgardo Ortuno (1970- )

Alexander “Al” Green (1947 – )

Alexander “Al” Green, Congressional representative of the 9th District of Houston, Texas and long time civil rights advocate, was born on 1st September 1947.  Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Green attended Florida A&M University in 1971 and later Tuskegee Institute of Technology.  Although … Read MoreAlexander “Al” Green (1947 – )

Prince Rogers Nelson (“Prince,” “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince”) (1958-2016)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Prince Rogers Nelson, songwriter, singer, producer, and all-round musical icon, was born on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Music was a part of Prince’s family; his father, John Nelson, was a jazz pianist whose stage name was Prince Rogers, and … Read MorePrince Rogers Nelson (“Prince,” “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince”) (1958-2016)

Crystal Bird Fauset (1894–1965)

Crystal Bird Fauset, the first African-American female state legislators in the United States, was born on June 27, 1894 in Princess Anne, Maryland. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts but spent most of her adult and political life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Between 1914 and 1918 … Read MoreCrystal Bird Fauset (1894–1965)