Craig Collisson

Independent Historian
Craig Collisson received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2008.  His dissertation examined the black student protest movement at white universities in the late 1960s, with a specific focus on the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Washington, and the University of Texas at Austin.  He currently teaches at Metropolitan State University, Denver.

Ferdinand Christopher Smith (1893-1961)

Ferdinand Smith, Chicago Alderman Earl B. Dickerson and Donald M. Nelson, Chair of the War Production Board, 1943 Image Ownership: Public Domain Jamaican-born Ferdinand Christopher Smith became a prominent twentieth century international labor activist and leader.  At an early age Smith left Jamaica’s poor economic … Read MoreFerdinand Christopher Smith (1893-1961)

Black Panther Party (U.S.A.)

Founded in October of 1966 in Oakland, California by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, the Black Panther Party for Self Defense (BPP) became the most famous black power organization of the late 1960s.  Newton and Seale met in 1965 at Merritt College where they were exposed to a burgeoning wave of Black Nationalism, … Read MoreBlack Panther Party (U.S.A.)

Huey P. Newton (1942-1989)

Born in Monroe, Louisiana, the youngest and seventh son, Newton was named after the populist governor Huey Long.  His parents moved to Oakland, California during World War II seeking economic opportunities.  Newton attended Merritt College, where he met Bobby Seale. At Merritt, Newton fought to … Read MoreHuey P. Newton (1942-1989)