Brian Gann

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.  Interested in Anglo-American history, he plans to pursue his academic career in history after graduation.  Gann currently writes for

Harris-Stowe University (1857-)

Hell Week for Alpha Pledges at Stowe College, St. Louis, ca. 1955 Image Ownership: Public Domain 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 … Read MoreHarris-Stowe University (1857-)

Spottswood William Robinson (1916-1998)

Image Ownership: Public Domain 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 … Read MoreSpottswood William Robinson (1916-1998)

The Bloods (1972 – )

Image Ownership: Public Domain The Bloods are a predominantly African American street gang that originated in South Central Los Angeles, California in 1972.  The genesis of the Bloods street gang is traced to the intense street violence that consumed the city in the late 1960s … Read MoreThe Bloods (1972 – )

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 Crips (1971? – )

Image Ownership: Public Domain The Crips are a predominantly African American gang that originated sometime between the mid-1960s and 1971 in South Central Los Angeles, California.  The origin of the Crips is highly mythologized and facts are difficult to separate from myth.  One of the … Read MoreThe Crips (1971? – )

The Nigerian Youth Movement (1934-1951)

Nnamdi Azikiwe as a Member of the Nigerian Youth Movement Image Ownership: Public Domain 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 … Read MoreThe Nigerian Youth Movement (1934-1951)