Independent Historian

Johanna (McClees) Phillips is the Activity Coordinator and Leadership teacher at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington. Prior to that, she was a high school social studies teacher. She was the first scholar to pursue research on the local Seattle group, Christian Friends for Racial Equality. Her findings were detailed in her senior thesis. After receiving a B.A. in History, with honors, from the University of Washington in 1997, Ms. Phillips earned a Master of Education from George Washington University in 2002. As a social studies teacher, her goals were to promote student interest in local history, primary sources, and civil rights issues. Currently, she works with her students and colleagues to create a school climate and culture that is mindful of race and equity and seeks to be inclusive and empowering for all students. She was awarded the Washington State High School Adviser of the Year in 2019 by the Association of Washington Student Leaders / Association of Washington School Principals for her work in bringing greater attention to implementing intentional practices related to equity into the school activities and leadership sphere.

J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. (1923-2011)

Jesse Ernest Wilkins, Jr. is often described as one of America’s most important contemporary mathematicians. At 13, he became the University of Chicago’s youngest student. Wilkins continued his studies there, earning bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in mathematics. When he finished his Ph.D. at 19, he … Read MoreJ. Ernest Wilkins Jr. (1923-2011)

Christian Friends for Racial Equality

Active from 1942 to 1970, the Christian Friends for Racial Equality (CFRE) was a locally founded leader in the Seattle civil rights movement. CFRE’s non-confrontational social methods for improving race relations made it Seattle’s largest civil rights organization in 1956, with 1,000 members by 1959. … Read MoreChristian Friends for Racial Equality