Brent Gaspaire

Student Historian

Brent Gaspaire teaches Advanced Placement World and United States History at Graham-Kapowsin High School in Spanaway, Washington.  He received his M.A. in Education from Pacific Lutheran University and is currently a graduate student at Western Washington University.

William Melvin Kelley (1937- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain William Melvin Kelley is a renowned African American author known for his experimental style and exploration of African American cultural identity.  Born on November 1, 1937 in the Bronx, New York, to Narcissa Agatha Kelley and William Kelley, an editor, he … Read MoreWilliam Melvin Kelley (1937- )

Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Margaret Bonds was a pianist and composer noted for her musical adaptations of Shakespeare and collaboration with Langston Hughes.  Bonds was the first African American soloist to appear with the Chicago Symphony and played an important role in the development of … Read MoreMargaret Bonds (1913-1972)


Hillcrest, Middle Class Neighborhood in Northeast Washington, D.C. Image Ownership: Public Domain Blockbusting refers to the practice of introducing African American homeowners into previously all white neighborhoods in order to spark rapid white flight and housing price decline. Real estate speculators have historically used this … Read MoreBlockbusting