Stasia Irons

Independent Historian

Stasia Mehschel Irons is an undergraduate English student at the University of Washington. She was born in Tacoma, Washington and in 1996 moved to the south Seattle area. She has a special interest in the history of African-American musicians.  Irons is a Spoken Word artist for the University of Washington’s Retro Revolutionary Poets and has performed for alumni, faculty, and students. She expects to graduate from the University of Washington in June of 2008 with a B.A. in English. Irons will further her learning in graduate school pursuing her Masters in Education.

Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni (1943- )

Image ©Bettmann/Corbis “There’s no life in safety,” said three-time National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award winner Nikki Giovanni who began her own life on June 7, 1943 in Knoxville, Tennessee. She moved with her mother and sister to a small … Read MoreYolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni (1943- )

Stevie Wonder (Steveland Morris) (1950- )

Image Courtesy of ©Bettmann-Corbis Grammy Award winning artist Stevie Wonder, one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, was born May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. An excess of oxygen and a disorder affecting his retina called retinopathy resulted in him being born … Read MoreStevie Wonder (Steveland Morris) (1950- )

Maggie Lena Walker (1864-1934)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Maggie Lena Mitchell was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 15, 1864. Walker’s mother, Elizabeth Draper, was an assistant cook and her father, Eccles Cuthbert, was an Irish-born newspaperman on the Van Lew estate. Her step-father, William Mitchell, was a butler … Read MoreMaggie Lena Walker (1864-1934)