Victor Okocha

Independent Historian

Victor Okocha who grew up in the Skyway area of Seattle is now a senior at the University of Washington, majoring in finance. He is affiliated with many organizations on the UW campus. Currently he is a student outreach ambassador, treasurer for the Association of Black Business Students (ABBS), and a mentor for the Young Executives of Color (YEOC). Victor is a member of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men.

William Pickens (1881-1954)

Image Courtesy of The History Cooperative William Pickens was born January 15, 1881 in Anderson County, South Carolina. His parents were liberated slaves who migrated to Arkansas when he was a young boy.  Young Pickens worked in cotton fields and in sawmills while attending the … Read MoreWilliam Pickens (1881-1954)

Edith Spurlock Sampson (1901-1979)

  Image ©Bettmann/Corbis Edith Spurlock was born in Pittsburgh on October 13, 1901. She grew up in a working class family, one of seven children, and attended Pittsburgh’s Peabody High School.  Upon graduation, she married Rufus Sampson, a field agent for Tuskegee Institute. After working … Read MoreEdith Spurlock Sampson (1901-1979)

Vertner Woodson Tandy (1885-1949)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Vertner Woodson Tandy was born in Lexington, Kentucky where he was educated at the Candler School.  He gained an understanding of construction by watching his father build and develop homes in Lexington. These early experiences with his father led Tandy to … Read MoreVertner Woodson Tandy (1885-1949)