Independent Historian

Lucy Burnett graduated from the University of Washington in 2009, with a degree in History.  Her focus has been on Seattle Labor History during the 1930’s and 1940’s, leading her to pursue independent research on the Pacific Northwest Labor College and the Seattle chapter of the Civil Rights Congress.  In 2008 she studied abroad in Bosnia-Herzegovina in a program exploring post-conflict societies, and is planning further study in the region.

Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) 1965

The Organization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) was founded by Malcolm X, John Henrik Clarke, and other Black nationalist leaders on June 24, 1964 in Harlem, New York. Formed shortly after his break with the Nation of Islam, the OAAU was a secular institution that sought … Read MoreOrganization of Afro-American Unity (OAAU) 1965

Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876-1932)

Sol Plaatje, first Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC) was born October 9th 1876.  In addition to his political involvements, Plaatje was an interpreter, linguist, journalist and the first black South African novelist. Plaatje was raised in the Pniel mission station of the Lutheran … Read MoreSolomon Tshekisho Plaatje (1876-1932)

James M. Nabrit, Jr. (1900-1997)

James Madison Nabrit, Jr. was a renowned civil rights lawyer, Howard University president, and United Nations deputy ambassador.  During his legal career, he argued for the voting rights of blacks as well as school desegregation. Nabrit was born September 7, 1900, in Atlanta, Georgia.  The … Read MoreJames M. Nabrit, Jr. (1900-1997)