Luis Escamilla

Independent Historian

Luis Escamilla is a 2009 graduate of the University of Washington where he majored in History and American Ethnic Studies. He plans to pursue a career in secondary school teaching and will be seeking a Master in Teaching degree upon completion of his undergraduate programs.  Originally from Los Angeles, California, Luis hopes to bring his activist experiences to Seattle and incorporate them into both his collegiate and professional careers.

Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982)

La Jungla by Wilfredo Lam Image Ownership: Public Domain Born in Sagua la Grande, Cuba, Wilfredo Lam personally exemplified the complex multiethnic nature of Latin America:  his father was Chinese while his mother boasted a combined African, Indian, and European cultural background.  Utilizing some of … Read MoreWilfredo Lam (1902-1982)

Manuel Carlos Piar (1782-1817)

A military officer in Venezuelan war for independence against Spanish rule, General Manuel Carlos Piar exemplifies both the struggle for independence against Spain and the parallel but less successful campaign against racial caste in colonial South America. Of mulatto background, Piar was born in Curaçao, … Read MoreManuel Carlos Piar (1782-1817)

Partido de Independiente de Color (Cuba, 1908-1912)

Members of the Partido de Independiente de Color de Cuba Image Ownership: Public Domain Founded in August of 1908 by veterans of Cuba’s War for Independence, El Partido de Independiente de Color (PIC) became the Caribbean’s first 20th century black political party.  Created to support … Read MorePartido de Independiente de Color (Cuba, 1908-1912)

Martín Morúa Delgado (1856-1910)

Martin Morua Delgado with Daughters Arabella and Vestalina. Image Courtesy of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations Born in 1856, Martín Morúa Delgado gained prominence as an Afro-Cuban … Read MoreMartín Morúa Delgado (1856-1910)

Little Liberia, Baja California, 1919

Map Showing Little Liberia "Image Courtesy of Quintard Taylor" Initiated in the early 20th century by Los Angeles attorney Hugh Macbeth and the Lower California Mexican Land and Development Company, the Baja California settlement known as “Little Liberia” was envisioned as a racially-exclusive community through … Read MoreLittle Liberia, Baja California, 1919