Independent Historian

Kevin Hodder completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, from 2008 to 2012. After earning degrees in both History and Art History, he later earned his Master in Teaching (MIT) from the University of Washington in 2014. He is currently an elementary school educator with Edmonds School District, located in the Puget Sound area. Kevin also authored an article entitled, “The ‘Century 21 Exposition’: Showcasing the Future and the PNW,” that was published in the 2012 issue of Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History. Kevin Hodder currently resides with his wife in Edmonds, WA.


Leon H. Washington, Jr. (1907-1974)

Founding publisher of the Los Angeles-based African American newspaper, the Sentinel, Leon H. Washington Jr. was born in Kansas City, Kansas on April 15, 1907. Washington, along with his two other siblings, was born to his parents, Leon and Blanche Washington.  Young Washington spent much … Read MoreLeon H. Washington, Jr. (1907-1974)

Jerome Heartwell Holland (1916-1985)

Educator, diplomat and businessman, Jerome Heartwell Holland was born on January 9, 1916 in Auburn, New York. The parents of Holland, and that of his twelve other siblings, were Robert Holland, a gardener/carpenter, and Viola Bagby Holland. For the entirety of his life, Holland maintained … Read MoreJerome Heartwell Holland (1916-1985)

Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN) (1938– )

Musée de l’Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, Dakar, Senegal Image Ownership: Public Domain One of West Africa’s premier research institutions, the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN), was first created by the French Government in 1938. Established in Dakar, Senegal, the organization was originally called the Institut … Read MoreInstitut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN) (1938– )

Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930)

Late 19th and early 20th century African American playwright, novelist, and columnist Pauline Hopkins was born in Portland, Maine in 1859. Hopkins was born to free parents of color who raised her in Maine for a short period before moving to Boston, Massachusetts. Hopkins’s father, … Read MorePauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930)