Independent Historian

Anna Micklin was raised in Seattle, Washington and comes from one of the first Ashkenazi Jewish families in Seattle. Her family’s story inspired her passion for history. She is a Content Strategist and Communications Specialist with a focus on equity and well-being for government and higher education. Anna graduated from the University of Washington and The Evergreen State College, where she studied African American and Franco-African history and literature and had the honor to study under Dr. Quintard Taylor. Anna is a memoirist, photographer and content creator who writes about being Jewish and raising a Black and Jewish daughter.

Félix Houphouet-Boigny (1905-1993)

Félix Houphouet-Boigny was born near Yamoussoukro, the southern part of the Ivory Coast, on October 18, 1905. His father was a Boulé tribal chief and a wealthy cocoa farmer. At five years old, Houphouet-Boigny inherited his father’s chief status and his cocoa plantation. He studied … Read MoreFélix Houphouet-Boigny (1905-1993)

Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906-2001)

Scholar, African traditionalist poet, and Senegal’s first president, Léopold Sédar Senghor was born on October 9, 1906, in Joal, Senegal. His father, Basie Diogoye Senghor, was a Malinké landowner. His mother, Gnilane Bakhoum, came from a Christian Fulani family. They gave Senghor a European name … Read MoreLéopold Sédar Senghor (1906-2001)