Independent Historian

Brian Gann is a 2011 graduate of the University of Washington where he majored in history. In 2010, he received the Dr. Frances K. Millican Fund in order to pursue his research of Washington State Public Ports and the environment. In addition to BlackPast, Gann wrote for After his undergraduate career, he entered the technology space.

Harris-Stowe University (1857- )

Harris-Stowe University is a historically black college in St. Louis, Missouri. It was also the first public teacher education institution west of the Mississippi River. Harris-Stowe was originally two separate institutions: Harris Teachers College and Stowe Teachers College, which were merged together in 1954 to … Read MoreHarris-Stowe University (1857- )

Spottswood William Robinson (1916-1998)

Spottswood William Robinson III, a prominent federal judge during the Civil Rights era, was born on July 26, 1916 in Richmond, Virginia.  His father was Spottswood William Robinson Jr., a lawyer and businessman, and his mother was Inez Clements.  The younger Robinson attended Armstrong High … Read MoreSpottswood William Robinson (1916-1998)

John Wesley Edward Bowen (1855-1933)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Educator, philosopher and theologian John Wesley Edward Bowen preached for social equality fifty years before the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. He supported black intellectualism and urged African Americans to develop self worth even in the face of white oppression. John Wesley … Read MoreJohn Wesley Edward Bowen (1855-1933)

The Nigerian Youth Movement (1934-1951)

J.C. Vaughn, Ernest Ikoli, H.O. Davies, and Samuel Akinsanya founded the Nigerian Youth Movement (NYM) in 1934. Although based in Lagos, the NYM was the first Nigerian nationalist organization to promote politics outside of the capital. Furthermore, the NYM was also the first organization to … Read MoreThe Nigerian Youth Movement (1934-1951)