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 New to the field of professional academic writing, the as yet unpublished Jacksonville, Florida native has a particular interest in crisis history and late 19th-century Black history.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: Ashley Schumaker” In August 2021 Dr. Brian O’Harold Hemphill became the first black president of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He has previously served as president of Radford University in Radford, Virginia from 2016 to 2021 and was the tenth president of … 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)

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 begin enlisting to enter … 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– )