Ayala Feder-Haugabook

Student Historian

Ayala Feder-Haugabook is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and plans on minoring in Diversity as well. She has taken Professor Quintard Taylor’s course on African American History of the Western United States, and being a California native, has written about the city of Compton for the class. Her contributions to Black Past will revolve around African Americans in California.

Timothy R. Russell (1968-2012)

Image Ownership: Public domain In 2012 Timothy Russell, an African American man, was involved in a car chase by Cleveland, Ohio police officers.  At the end of the chase he and Malissa Williams were shot and killed by one of the officers.  Their controversial deaths helped inspire the Black Lives … Read MoreTimothy R. Russell (1968-2012)

Derrick Jones (1983-2010)

Image Ownership: Public domain Derrick Jones was an East Oakland, California barber who was shot and killedby officers of the Oakland Police Department on November 8, 2010. He was 37 years old at the time of his death. His death, along with those of many others including the … Read MoreDerrick Jones (1983-2010)

Malissa A. Williams (1982-2012)

On the night of November 29, 2012, Malissa A. Williams was killed by Cleveland, Ohio police officer Michael Brelo, along with Timothy Russell. Williams was 30 and Russell was 43 at the time of their deaths.  We know little about the background of Williams beyond her birth … Read MoreMalissa A. Williams (1982-2012)

Eula Mae Love (1939-1979)

Eula Mae Love’s tragic death made history on the evening of January 3rd, 1979, in the front yard of her home, in the West Athens area of South Los Angeles, California. She died at the hands of two Los Angeles Police Department officers, Lloyd O’Callaghan (white) and Edward … Read MoreEula Mae Love (1939-1979)

Aja Brown (1982- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Aja Brown serves as the youngest and first female mayor of Compton, California. Brown was born in Altadena, California, to Brenda Jackson on April 17, 1982. Brown attended John Muir High School in Pasadena and was elected president of her senior … Read MoreAja Brown (1982- )

Kimberle Williams Crenshaw (1959- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Kimberle Crenshaw is a Professor of Law and an advocate and educator for civil rights, race studies, constitutional law, and social inclusion. She currently teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as Columbia University. Crenshaw was born … Read MoreKimberle Williams Crenshaw (1959- )

Douglas Dollarhide (1923-2008)

Image Ownership: Public domain Douglas Dollarhide was the first African American mayor of the city of Compton, California, and a pioneer and role model for future black politicians across the state of California. Dollarhide was born in March 1923 in Earlsboro, Oklahoma. He was the … Read MoreDouglas Dollarhide (1923-2008)