Academic Historian

Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica is an historian of African American women’s history in the American West. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington in 2018, with an undergraduate degree in History from Fisk University and a Master’s in History from the University of Georgia.

Cobbins-Modica’s current research project explores the history of black women’s politics, activism, and leadership in Seattle. Her article “Finding Peace Across the Ocean: Daisy Tibbs Dawson and the Rebuilding of Hiroshima,” was recently published in the Spring 2019 issue of Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History. In 2017, she co-authored a book, Seattle on the Spot, that explored photographs of Black Seattle through the lens of photographer, Al Smith. Recently, Cobbins-Modica held a postdoctoral teaching position in the Department of History at Gonzaga University where she taught courses in U.S. History, African American History, and the Pacific Northwest. She has also worked as a researcher for the Northwest African American History Museum in Seattle and as an exhibition co-curator and historical consultant with the Museum of History & Industry.

Cobbins-Modica has been a part of the team since 2013, serving first as webmaster and then as Associate Editor/Historian in 2017.

Madeline Gayle “Asali” Dickson (1948- )

M. Gayle Dickson, also known as Asali, was the only woman graphic artist for the Black Panther Party Newspaper between 1972 and 1974. Dickson was born in Berkeley, California on June 27, 1948 to James Stowers, a dry cleaner owner, and Madeline Stowers, a seamstress. … Read MoreMadeline Gayle “Asali” Dickson (1948- )

Daisy Lee Tibbs Dawson (1924-2013)

“Image Courtesy of Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times” Daisy Tibbs Dawson, a Seattle, Washington peace activist and educator, is the only African American to be memorialized in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, Japan. Tibbs was born in Toney, Alabama on July 27, 1924 … Read MoreDaisy Lee Tibbs Dawson (1924-2013)

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (1816- )

“Image Ownership: Spencer Means” Emanuel A.M.E. Church is the oldest black A.M.E. Church in the South and contains the oldest black congregation south of Baltimore, Maryland.  The church’s early roots emerged out of slavery in a shared legacy with Charleston (South Carolina) Methodist Episcopal Church … Read MoreEmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (1816- )