Kevin Hodder

Student Historian

Kevin Hodder is an undergraduate at the University of Washington, Seattle, majoring in both History and Art History. Upon graduating he hopes to begin the University of Washington’s Masters in Teaching (MIT) Program, as he hopes to teach at either the elementary or secondary level someday. Kevin has authored an article entitled, “The ‘Century 21 Exposition’: Showcasing the Future and the PNW,” to be published in an upcoming 2012 issue of Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History. Kevin is a 2008 recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s highest achievement, that of the rank of Eagle Scout. Additionally, his academic interests lie predominantly in 18th and 19th century American history.


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)

Ambassador Jerome Holland and His Wife Arrive in Stockholm, Sweden in 1970 Image Ownership: Public Domain 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 … Read MoreJerome Heartwell Holland (1916-1985)

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

IFAN Building, Cheikh Anta Diop University, 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– )

Peter Abrahams (1919– )

Peter Abrahams With Family, 1955 Image Ownership: Public Domain Twentieth century African novelist and journalist Peter Henry Abrahams was born in Vrededorp (near Johannesburg), South Africa, on March 19, 1919. Abrahams’ father, James Henry Abrahams Deras was the son of former Ethiopian landowners who had … Read MorePeter Abrahams (1919– )

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)