Howard Cabiao

Student Historian

Howard Cabiao is a student at the University of Washington pursuing a major in History and a minor in Diversity. He plans on continuing his education as a graduate student in the History Department starting Fall 2011. He hopes to earn his PhD as well as become a successful writer.

Shawn Corey AKA “Jay-Z” Carter (1969- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Shawn Carter, who uses the stage name of Jay-Z, has become one of the most successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs. By 2011 Jay-Z’s net worth was near $450 million, making him one of the wealthiest and most successful businessmen in the … Read MoreShawn Corey AKA “Jay-Z” Carter (1969- )

Christopher G. AKA “Biggie Smalls” and “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace (1972-1997)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Hip Hop music star Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls or The Notorious B.I.G., was part of an East Coast-West Coast rapper rivalry that included Tupac Shakur and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. A year after Shakur was murdered, Notorious B.I.G. … Read MoreChristopher G. AKA “Biggie Smalls” and “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace (1972-1997)

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (1981- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, one of the most successful African American women artists in today’s music industry, was born on September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas, to Mathew and Célestine Ann Knowles. Her father was a salesman and her mother owned a … Read MoreBeyoncé Giselle Knowles (1981- )

Movimento Negro Unificado (1978– )

Movimento Negro Unificado March, ca. 2000 Image Ownership: Public Domain The Movimento Negro Unificado (MNU) or Unified Black Movement, the most notable black civil rights movement in Brazil, was founded in São Paulo, Brazil in 1978 by Thereza Santos and Eduardo Oliveira de Oliveira. The … Read MoreMovimento Negro Unificado (1978– )

Horace W. Bivins (1862-1937)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Horace Waymon Bivins, buffalo soldier, was born on May 8, 1862 in Accomack County, Virginia. His father Severn S. Bivins and his mother Elizabeth Bivins were free black farmers on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. His parents taught Bivins to farm and at … Read MoreHorace W. Bivins (1862-1937)

Vernon Baker (1919-2010)

Vernon Baker with President Bill Clinton, 1997 Image Courtesy of Vernon Baker, belated recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, was born on December 17, 1919 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. His father, Manuel Caldera, was a carpenter from New Mexico. His mother was named Beulah. … Read MoreVernon Baker (1919-2010)

Brazzaville, Congo (1880- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Brazzaville, the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo, was founded on September 10, 1880. The city was on the site of Nkuna, a Bateke village and was named after its part-African founder, explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza.  … Read MoreBrazzaville, Congo (1880- )

Kentucky State University [Frankfort] (1886- )

Whitney Young Statue at Kentucky State University Image Courtesy of Kentucky State University Kentucky State University, the largest predominantly black institution of higher learning in the state, began as a state normal (teacher training) school.  On October 15, 1885, Kentucky’s political leaders held a conference … Read MoreKentucky State University [Frankfort] (1886- )