Quin'Nita F. Cobbins-Modica

Academic Historian

Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica is an historian of African American women’s history in the American West. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Fisk University and her masters at the University of Georgia before earning her Ph.D from the University of Washington. Currently, she holds a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of History at Gonzaga University where she teaches courses in U.S. History and African American History.  Cobbins-Modica is also the Associate Editor/Historian of Blackpast.org

Amzie Moore (1911–1982)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Amzie Moore was a prominent figure in the Mississippi civil rights movement and voter registration campaign. He was born on September 23, 1911, on the Wilkins plantation near Greenwood, Mississippi, to black sharecropper parents. When Moore was fourteen, his mother died … Read MoreAmzie Moore (1911–1982)

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (1816- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” 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- )

Samuel Eugene Kelly (1926-2009)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Samuel Eugene Kelly, soldier and educator, was born in Greenwich, Connecticut on January 26, 1926 to James Handy Kelly, a minister, and Essie Matilda Allen-Kelly, a homemaker.  Educated at Greenwich public schools, Kelly dropped out of high school in 1943 and … Read MoreSamuel Eugene Kelly (1926-2009)

Wanda J. Herndon (1952- )

In 1978, Wanda J. Herndon launched her successful career in corporate America when she became the first African American exempt professional and external hire in the Communicator Development Program of The Dow Chemical Company.  Later, she made significant contributions at other major corporations, including DuPont … Read MoreWanda J. Herndon (1952- )

Freddie Mae Hurd Gautier (1930–2001)

Freddie Mae Gautier with Elisa Miranda, 1990 “Image Ownership: El Centro de la Raza”  Freddie Mae Gautier, civil rights activist, political advisor, businesswoman, and mentor was arguably the most politically influential black woman in Seattle in the latter half of the twentieth century. Born at … Read MoreFreddie Mae Hurd Gautier (1930–2001)