Erika Bryan

Student Historian

Erika Bryan is a student at the University of Washington, Seattle, working on her B.A. in Communications with a minor in History. New to the field of professional academic writing, the as yet unpublished Jacksonville, Florida native has a particular interest in crisis history and late 19th-century Black history. After finishing her first degree in 2017, Erika would like to make the move to the Washington, D.C. area to work for and research with the Smithsonian Institute.

Brian O’Harold Hemphill (1969– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Dr. Brian O’Harold Hemphill is the tenth and current president of West Virginia State University, having been inaugurated in July 2012. Since his arrival at the university, Hemphill has been committed to creating a culture of excellence and accountability, and to … Read MoreBrian O’Harold Hemphill (1969– )

Melissa Harris-Perry (1973- )

Melissa Harris-Perry is an American author, professor, television host, and political commentator who focuses on African American political issues. Harris-Perry has written for The Nation, in addition to penning her two award-winning books, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (2013), and Barbershops, … Read MoreMelissa Harris-Perry (1973- )

Georgia Ann Hill Robinson (1879–1961)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Georgia Ann Hill Robinson became the first black female police officer to work for the Los Angeles (California) Police Department (LAPD)—and possibly the first in the country—in 1916. Months before 15 percent of the police force of the United States would … Read MoreGeorgia Ann Hill Robinson (1879–1961)

Ta-Nehisi Coates (1975– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Ta-Nehisi Coates is a writer, journalist, educator, and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His articles, regarding such topics as social, political, and cultural issues, have been featured in national publications, including the Washington Post, Time, and The New Yorker. Coates’s … Read MoreTa-Nehisi Coates (1975– )