Academic Historian

Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Seattle Pacific University. She completed her Ph.D in 2018 at the University of Washington, with an undergraduate degree in History from Fisk University and a Master’s in History from the University of Georgia. She has previously taught courses in U.S., African American, and Pacific Northwest history at Gonzaga University and the University of Oregon.

Cobbins-Modica’s research interest centers on black women’s activism and politics in the American West. Her article “Finding Peace Across the Ocean: Daisy Tibbs Dawson and the Rebuilding of Hiroshima,” was published in the Spring 2019 issue of Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History. Her current research project explores the long history of black women’s political history, leadership, and activism in Seattle that went well beyond formal politics and the fight for women’s suffrage. While illuminating African American history in the Pacific Northwest, her work offers an expansive new interpretation of the symbiotic relationship between women’s activism, civil rights, and public service.

As a supporter of public history and digital humanities, she works with local institutions and contributes to online public-facing projects. She has served as a researcher and guest teaching lecturer for the Northwest African American History Museum and as a gallery exhibit reviewer, exhibition co-curator, and historical consultant with the Museum of History & Industry in Seattle. In 2017, she co-authored a book, Seattle on the Spot, that explored photographs of Black Seattle through the lens of photographer, Al Smith. She also has published articles profiling black women activists in the American West for the Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 digital project.

Cobbins-Modica has been a devoted member of the BlackPast.org team since 2013, having worked in several capacities including webmaster, content contributor, associate editor, and executive director.

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- )