Marshall Greenlaw

Independent Historian

Marshall Greenlaw was born in Seattle in 1995 to his parents John and Christine Greenlaw.  He has lived in the Seattle area his entire life.  He attended King’s High School in Shoreline, Washington, graduating in 2014. Marshall is currently attending the University of Washington, studying political science with a minor in history.  Marshall’s interest in history was largely inspired by a trip he took to Washington D.C. in eighth grade, as well as watching Ken Burns documentaries like The Civil War and Baseball. Marshall’s hobbies include golf, running, hiking, reading and slow pitch softball.

Clarence Benjamin Jones (1931- )

As a lawyer, speechwriter, and close friend to Martin Luther King, Jr., Clarence Jones was a key figure in the background of the Civil Rights movement.  While Jones’ own accomplishments were numerous, his touch on history has been relatively silent compared to the individuals with whom he was associated. Clarence … Read MoreClarence Benjamin Jones (1931- )

Clarence E. “Big House” Gaines, (1923-2005)

College Basketball has had many legendary coaches that have become household names through their success on the court. For Coach Clarence Edward Gaines, known as “Big House” for his large frame, winning was a habit that led him to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 1982. While … Read MoreClarence E. “Big House” Gaines, (1923-2005)

Frederic Ellis Davison (1917-1999)

As an Army Major General, Frederic Ellis Davison paved the way for many African Americans who became military officers.  Through Davison’s decorated career, those he led and served alongside respected him. His legacy as an officer in World War II and the Vietnam War marked his place in both military and … Read MoreFrederic Ellis Davison (1917-1999)

The O’Jays (1960?- )

Through the 1970’s, the O’Jays were considered one of the most successful and familiar R&B groups.  Hits like “Love Train”, “For the Love of Money,” and “Back Stabbers” became the anthems of an era. With the help of producer duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the O’Jays … Read MoreThe O’Jays (1960?- )

Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier (1932- )

Though Roosevelt Grier is most known for his All-Pro football career with the New York Giants and Los Angeles (California) Rams, he has become associated with many other ventures. Grier’s more than half century of being in the public eye has included writing, acting, singing, ministry, and politics. Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier was born on … Read MoreRoosevelt “Rosey” Grier (1932- )

Harvey Clarence Russell, Jr. (1918-1998)

In the post-World War II years Harvey Clarence Russell, Jr. paved the way for African American businessmen in corporate America. As one of the first black executives for a major American company, Russell made a name as a trailblazer and business titan in his time. He has also … Read MoreHarvey Clarence Russell, Jr. (1918-1998)

James F. Jones / “Prophet Jones” (1907-1971)

James F. Jones stood out for many years within black American religious circles. Known for his lavish living and mysterious persona, Jones’ followers referred to him as “Prophet Jones” and were captivated by his sermons. With his roots in the Black Church, Jones would influence the subsequent televangelism … Read MoreJames F. Jones / “Prophet Jones” (1907-1971)

The Oscar Grant (Oakland) Protests, 2009-2011

Oscar Grant Protests, Oakland, California, January 15, 2009 Image Ownership: Public domain The shooting on New Year’s of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man from Oakland, California, sparked major protests against excessive deadly force used by the police.  These protests began less than a week after Grant had been … Read MoreThe Oscar Grant (Oakland) Protests, 2009-2011

Baltimore Protests and Riots, 2015

Stop the Lethal Force, Baltimore, April 29, 2015 Image Ownership: Public domain The death of a 25-year-old black man, Freddie Gray, while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department led to an outcry in Baltimore, Maryland and eventually across the nation. As the tensions became greater, peaceful protests became … Read MoreBaltimore Protests and Riots, 2015

St. Petersburg, Florida Riot, 1996

St. Petersburg Police Responding to Rioting, October 24, 1996 Image Ownership: Public domain On October 24, 1996, an 18-year-old black man, TyRon Lewis, was stopped for speeding in St. Petersburg, Florida. Witnesses claimed that a white police officer, James Knight, had pointed a gun at Lewis … Read MoreSt. Petersburg, Florida Riot, 1996