Independent Historian

Anders Bradley was born and raised in Long Beach, California. Growing up, his father, a politician and former civil servant, instilled in him a deep love of history. His experiences in his diverse community sparked a persistent interest in cross-cultural and multiracial interactions. Anders is a third-year history student at the University of Washington, Seattle who in his free time enjoys a career as an amateur short story author, mostly in historical fiction. He also enjoys conducting research, most notably into 17th and 18th century Atlantic Canada. Anders hopes, ultimately, to someday pursue a Ph.D. in history from Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Dorothy Cotton (1930-2018)

Dorothy Cotton was an American civil rights activist and leader, known for being the only woman in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inner circle. She was also the highest-ranking woman in King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). As the organization’s Educational Director, Cotton ran SCLC’s Citizenship … Read MoreDorothy Cotton (1930-2018)

The Four Tops (1953-2005)

The Four Tops were a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan, composed of Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, and Lawrence Payton, who were instrumental in defining Motown’s distinct sound during the 1960s. The quartet was one of the longest-lived lineups of the era; they went over 40 … Read MoreThe Four Tops (1953-2005)

The First South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment (1862-1866)

The First South Carolina Volunteer Infantry was the first officially recognized black unit of the Union Army during the Civil War. It was quietly authorized by President Abraham Lincoln and organized in August of 1862. The regiment reached its full complement of 1,000 men and was mustered in during … Read MoreThe First South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment (1862-1866)

Jackie Wilson (1934-1984)

A tenor with a four-octave vocal range, Jackie Wilson was one of the most talented and dynamic R&B singers of the 1950s and 1960s. Nicknamed “Mr. Excitement,” Wilson was a charismatic, masterful performer who consistently released hits. Jackie Leroy Wilson was born on June 9, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, … Read MoreJackie Wilson (1934-1984)

George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic (1964-1981)

Parliament/Funkadelic (or P-Funk) is an American Funk music collective founded by George Clinton and largely credited with being the “architects” of the Funk genre. Parliament/Funkadelic recorded over 40 hit singles, as well as three platinum albums. Inspired by Motown, Clinton gradually built up an ensemble of over 50 … Read MoreGeorge Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic (1964-1981)

Race and Violence in Washington State: The Report (1969)

The report, Race and Violence in Washington State, published in 1969, was undertaken by the Washington State Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Civil Disorder. The Commission was established by the Urban Affairs Council on April 25, 1968 in response to the widespread racial disorders, or riots, that … Read MoreRace and Violence in Washington State: The Report (1969)