Roger Hardaway is professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. A native of Tennessee, he majored in both history and political science as an undergraduate at Middle Tennessee State University. He holds masters degrees in history from New Mexico State University and the University of Wyoming and in political science from Eastern New Mexico University. He received a J.D. from the University of Memphis and the D.A. in history from the University of North Dakota. He has concentrated much of his research and writing on African Americans in the American West; he is the author of A Narrative Bibliography of the African-American Frontier: Blacks in the Rocky Mountain West, 1535-1912 and the coeditor of African Americans on the Western Frontier.
Marion William Dial was the first African American elected to a city-wide office in Missouri. Dial was born in Chetopa, Kansas, on June 27, 1903. After receiving bachelors and master’s degrees from the Kansas State Teachers College (now Pittsburg State University), Dial embarked on a … Read MoreMarion William Dial (1903-1972)