Semhar Negassa

Student Historian

A senior at the University of Washington, Semhar Negassa is double majoring in Sociology and History. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and has had the opportunity to live in a handful of countries across Eastern and Southern Africa. Her family immigrated to the United States in 2000.  Since she is a first generation scholar, she hopes to join Teach for America upon graduating and later pursue a Masters in Social Work.  She is, however, forever a student and enjoys expanding her academic and cultural experiences.

George Long (? – 2010)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Civil rights activist George Long entered the University of New Mexico with the goal of becoming a teacher, but his involvement in the boycott of a local restaurant and nightclub led to a career in law. He became the first black … Read MoreGeorge Long (? – 2010)

Chief Alfred Charles Sam (c. 1880-c. 1930s?)

Chief Alfred Charles Sam, a shadowy figure in Oklahoma history, inspired the emigration of hundreds of African American Oklahomans back to Africa in the second decade of the 20th century. Those who completed the first journey to Africa endured physical and financial hardships, with some … Read MoreChief Alfred Charles Sam (c. 1880-c. 1930s?)

First Kansas Colored Infantry (1862-1865)

The First Kansas Colored Infantry Regiment was established through the efforts of James H. Lane, the U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1861 to 1866. As Kansas joined the Union on the eve of the Civil War in 1861, Lane recruited African-Americans to fight against the … Read MoreFirst Kansas Colored Infantry (1862-1865)