Felix Brenton

Independent Historian

Felix Brenton is an undergraduate student of American Studies at the University of Sussex, England, with a particular interest in American society in the Twentieth century.  He is currently attending the University of Washington, Seattle as an undergraduate exchange student for one year, further developing his interest in American history, culture and society. On completion of his degree in 2010 he is considering going into teaching.

Brixton Riots (April 10-12, 1981)

The Brixton Riots of April 10-12, 1981, described as the first serious riots of the 20th century in England, were the first large scale racial confrontations between black British youth and white British police.  The rioting was sparked by antagonism between black youths and the … Read MoreBrixton Riots (April 10-12, 1981)

Sir William Arthur Lewis Lewis (1915-1991)

Image Ownership: Public Domain William Arthur Lewis was a public intellectual in the field of development economics, who in 1971 became the first African American to receive a Nobel Prize in category other than peace.  Lewis was honored for his work in economics.  Lewis was … Read MoreSir William Arthur Lewis Lewis (1915-1991)

Sophia Danenberg (1972- )

Image ownership: Public Domain In 2006 Sophia Danenberg became the first African American and first black woman from anywhere in the world to climb the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest in the Himalayas (Nepal).   Sophia Marie Scott was born in 1972 in … Read MoreSophia Danenberg (1972- )

American Colonization Society (1816-1964)

Membership Certificate, American Colonization Society Image Ownership: Public Domain The American Colonization Society (ACS), also known as the American Society for Colonizing the Free People of Color in the United States, emerged in 1816 as a national organization dedicated to promoting the manumission of the … Read MoreAmerican Colonization Society (1816-1964)

Colonel Tye (1753-1780)

Tye Leading Troops, PBS Dramatization Image Ownership: Public Domain Colonel Tye was an escaped slave who fought with the British in the American Revolution.  Challenging Patriot forces primarily in New York and New Jersey, Tye became one of the most respected leaders of the Loyalist … Read MoreColonel Tye (1753-1780)