Lacinda Mennenga

Independent Historian

Lacinda Mennenga is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington. She is majoring in history, and hopes to graduate in 2009, at which time she will begin work on her masters degree. Lacinda considers history to be a vital part of understanding current world events, and intends to teach history as a study of activism.

William Stanley Beaumont Braithwaite (1878-1962)

Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, courtesy of The Van Vechten Trust William Stanley Braithwaite, the acclaimed poet and anthologist, was born in Boston on December 6, 1878. He was the second of five children born to William Smith Braithwaite and Emma Dewolfe Braithwaite. William Stanley … Read MoreWilliam Stanley Beaumont Braithwaite (1878-1962)

Pearl Primus (1919-1994)

Image Courtesy of Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Behring Center, Smithsonian Institution Pearl Primus, dancer and choreographer, was born on November 29th, 1919, in Trinidad. Her parents, Edward and Emily Primus, immigrated to the United States in 1921 when Pearl … Read MorePearl Primus (1919-1994)

Camille Thierry (1814-1875)

Camille Thierry was a prolific Francophone poet, born to a French father and octoroon mother in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1814. Thierry’s family had significant holdings as wholesale liquor merchants. This wealth provided Thierry with advantages in education and the opportunity to pursue his own … Read MoreCamille Thierry (1814-1875)

Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe “Jelly Roll” Morton (1885-1941)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe Morton, more popularly known as “Jelly Roll” Morton, was an influential early 20th Century composer and pianist. Jelly Roll, the son of Creole parents, E.P. La Menthe and Louise Monette, was born in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1885. … Read MoreFerdinand Joseph La Menthe “Jelly Roll” Morton (1885-1941)