Tavis Alan Malcolm

Student Historian

Tavis Alan Malcolm is an undergrad at the University of Washington. He is majoring in history with a focus on American and African-American history.  Tavis is planning to take some time off to travel before attending graduate school.

Florence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Born Florence Delorez Griffith on December 21, 1959, in Los Angeles, California, Florence Griffith Joyner was the seventh of 11 children. Joyner and her siblings were raised primarily by their mother in the impoverished Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. She … Read MoreFlorence Griffith Joyner (1959-1998)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947- )

Image courtesy of ©Bettmann-Corbis Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. on August 16, 1947, in New York City, New York. He was known as Lew Alcindor until his 1973 name change. Alcindor dominated the New York City high school basketball scene. Decidedly larger … Read MoreKareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947- )

O. J. Simpson (1947- )

Orenthal James Simpson was born July 9, 1947, in San Francisco, California. A troubled youth, poor grades and violent behavior kept Simpson from earning any college scholarship offers while attending high school. Simpson was highly recruited, however, after breaking several junior college records, and he … Read MoreO. J. Simpson (1947- )

John Henry “Pop” Lloyd (1884-1965)

John Henry “Pop” Lloyd was born April 25, 1884, in Palatka, Florida. Reportedly discovered by baseball legend Rube Foster, Lloyd would begin his professional career with the Cuban X-Giants, where fans would give him the nickname “El Cuchara” (“The Shovel”) due to his steady hands … Read MoreJohn Henry “Pop” Lloyd (1884-1965)

John Jordan “Buck” Neil (1911-2006)

John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil was born November 13, 1911, in Carrabelle, Florida.  Working with his father on a Florida celery farm when he was 13, the young O’Neil said to himself “Damn. There’s got to be something better than this.” After traveling to West Palm … Read MoreJohn Jordan “Buck” Neil (1911-2006)