Amy Brown

Independent Historian

Amy Brown is an Undergraduate student at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is currently a freshman who enjoys helping and working with children. Although she hasn’t declared her major yet she is considering minoring in African American Studies. Amy Brown expects to graduate from the University of Washington in  June 2012.

Seattle Civic Unity Committee

The Seattle Civic Unity Committee was formed by Seattle Mayor William F. Devin in 1944 in response to rising racial tension in the city.  During World War II Seattle, like other west coast cities, received an influx of African Americans raising its black population from … Read MoreSeattle Civic Unity Committee

Juanita Jackson Mitchell (1913- 1992)

Juanita Jackson Mitchell was a civil rights leader, community activist, and lawyer born in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Lillie May (Carroll) Jackson and Keiffer Jackson. She had two sisters, Virginia and Marion and one brother. Juanita and her family frequently moved across the South at … Read MoreJuanita Jackson Mitchell (1913- 1992)

Archibald J. Carey Sr. (1868-1931)

Rev. Archibald Carey, Sr. a political activist, writer, orator, and religious leader, used his talents to help Chicago’s African American community. Carey was a minister for African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Churches in Georgia, Florida and finally, Chicago. Archibald James Carey Sr. was born in Atlanta, … Read MoreArchibald J. Carey Sr. (1868-1931)

Kathryn Bogle (1906-2003)

  Image Courtesy of Oregon Historical Society Kathryn Hall Bogle, an early African American journalist in Oregon, was also the first black woman to hold a state government position in Oregon. Bogle was born in Oklahoma in 1906 and came with her family to Portland, … Read MoreKathryn Bogle (1906-2003)

Letitia A. Graves (1863-1952)

Early 20th Century Seattle civil rights activist Letitia Ann Dennie Graves was born in 1863 in Illinois to Martha Murphy and George Dennie. Very little is known about Graves’s early life other than the fact that she and her husband, John Henry Graves, a Kansas … Read MoreLetitia A. Graves (1863-1952)