Harley Osgood

Independent Historian

Harley Osgood is a senior at the University of Washington who is graduating with a degree in English Literature. She enjoys reading classic novels and writing lifestyle articles. She hopes to continue writing after graduation and will pursue a Masters Degree in Dietetics.

Anthony Lamar Smith (1987-2011)

On December 20, 2011, police officer Jason Stockley shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith after a short police chase that sparked protests, brought increasing attention to the issue of police brutality, and eventually led to the Black Lives Matter movement founded in 2013. Anthony Lamar Smith was born on … Read MoreAnthony Lamar Smith (1987-2011)

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) (1940- )

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) was founded in 1940 by John H. Sengstacke. Sengstacke, then in his 30s, was Vice President and General Manager of the Robert S. Abbott Publishing Company, which published the Chicago Defender, then the largest black newspaper in the United States. Sengstacke had been educated … Read MoreThe National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) (1940- )

Geraldine Pittman Woods (1921-1999)

Geraldine Woods is known for her lifelong dedication in using science to contribute to community service, and her establishment of programs that give opportunities to people of color in STEM fields. Woods was born on January 29, 1921 in West Palm Beach, Florida to parents Susie and Oscar Pittman. After graduating from … Read MoreGeraldine Pittman Woods (1921-1999)

Moneta Sleet, Jr. (1926-1996)

Image Ownership: Public domain Moneta Sleet, Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer involved in the Civil Rights movement, was born on February 14, 1926. His parents, Ozetta Allensworth Sleet and Moneta Sleet, Sr., raised him in Owensboro, Kentucky. At a very young age, his parents gave him a small box camera, … Read MoreMoneta Sleet, Jr. (1926-1996)

Wilmeth Sidat-Singh (1918-1943)

Wilmeth Webb, born February 13, 1918 in Washington, D.C., become the first star African American athlete at Syracuse University. His father, Elias Webb, died when Wilmeth was young, and his mother, Pauline Webb, remarried. Her new husband, Dr. Samuel Sidat-Singh, was a medical student from India. He adopted Wilmeth, … Read MoreWilmeth Sidat-Singh (1918-1943)

Sam & Dave (1961-1981)

Sam & Dave were the most successful black rhythm and blues duo of the 1960s although they performed into the early 1980s. Sam Moore, born in Miami, Florida and Dave Prater, born in Ocilla, Georgia. Both men sang in church while growing up. They performed separately in Southern clubs during the 1950s … Read MoreSam & Dave (1961-1981)