Academic Historian

Minnie A. Collins is a professor of English at Seattle College in Seattle, Washington.  Attaining her BA from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, she then received her MA from George Washington University in Washington, D. C., and principal’s certification from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington.  As a tenured faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, she has taught and presented conference papers about interdisciplinary programs focused on African American Literature and History as well as Literature of American Cultures.

Her solo poetry collection is The Purple Wash (Seattle Classic Day). She has been published also in The Washington Humanities Association’s Crosscurrents, African American Writers Alliance’s Threads, and in Quiet Shorts. She has read at many Seattle venues: art galleries, Elliott Bay Bookstore, Poetry + Motion at Town Hall, Douglass Truth and Columbia libraries,  James and Janie Washington Foundation House, and colleges.

Included among her awards are Seattle University’s African American Alumni Achievement,   Burlington Northern for Teaching Excellence at Seattle College, Dan Evans Innovation Award, National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Teaching Excellence from the University of Texas at Austin, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, and Administrator of the Year at Seattle University.

Marcellus Sterling Collins, Sr. (1919-2018)

Recognized by Broward County Florida as a successful businessman and civic leader dedicated to economic development, education, and community service, Marcellus Sterling Collins, Sr. continued the early 20th Century legacy of his parents, Richard A. and Leola Collins. Beginning in 1923, his father and mother … Read MoreMarcellus Sterling Collins, Sr. (1919-2018)

McKissack & McKissack Company (1905- )

McKissack &McKissack is the oldest African American-owned architecture, construction, and engineering firm in the United States. The firm’s history began when Scotsman John McKissack, the owner of a construction and brick building company in West Tennessee, purchased an enslaved West African Ashanti ancestor (1790–1865). John … Read MoreMcKissack & McKissack Company (1905- )

Seattle Steelheads (1946)

Poster for Seattle Steelheads at Borchert Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 12, 1946 “Image Ownership: David Eskenazi Collection” The Seattle Steelheads were the all-black minor league baseball team formed in the spring of 1946 as part of the West Coast Negro Baseball League organized by Abe … Read MoreSeattle Steelheads (1946)

Zion Preparatory Academy (1982–2004)

“Image Ownership: Mike Siegel” From the 1960s to the 1980s, Seattle, Washington public school pupils and their parents, as well as the school board and the courts, were involved in a series of contentious and highly controversial attempts to desegregate the city’s public schools racially. … Read MoreZion Preparatory Academy (1982–2004)

The African American Academy (1991-2009)

In the late 1970s after two decades of school desegregation efforts in Seattle, Washington, school administrators and parents of black children began to notice that average academic test scores for African American students began to lag behind those of white and Asian pupils in almost … Read MoreThe African American Academy (1991-2009)

Seattle Royal Giants (1928-1945)

The Seattle Royal Giants was a semi-professional baseball team that played through the Pacific Northwest in the first half of the 20th Century.  The Giants began in 1928 under the leadership of three former professional players in the Negro Baseball League, Elmer Wilson, Jimmy Claxton, … Read MoreSeattle Royal Giants (1928-1945)

Gordon Alexander McHenry (1921-2001)

In 1943 Gordon Alexander McHenry became the first African American engineer hired by the Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington. He was later promoted to Boeing Executive management (1955).  Prior to 1943 Boeing labor unions had hindered the hiring of African American engineers. During his forty-year … Read MoreGordon Alexander McHenry (1921-2001)