Vanessa Pitts

Student Historian

Vanessa Pitts is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, Seattle pursuing a bachelor of science in microbiology. After graduation she hopes to be accepted into medical school and become a physician of internal medicine. She is interested in preventing and treating chronic diseases in inner city populations.

Charles Rolland III (1951-2012)

Charles Rolland was the first African American chair of a major political party in Washington State. Roland served as chair of the Washington State Democratic Party during the years 1993-1995. He won his campaign through the labor-intensive task of personally driving hundreds of  miles across … Read MoreCharles Rolland III (1951-2012)

Norris McDonald (1958- )

Image Courtesy of The African American Environmentalist Association Norris McDonald, a leading black environmentalist, is the founder and president of the African American Environmental Association (AAEA), an organization dedicated to protecting the environment, enhancing human, animal and plant ecologies, and increasing African American participation in … Read MoreNorris McDonald (1958- )

Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes (1890-1980)

Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes was the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. Her dissertation, Determination of Sets of Independent Conditions Characterizing Certain Special Cases of Symmetric Correspondence was advised by Aubrey Landry, a professor at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Haynes … Read MoreMartha Euphemia Lofton Haynes (1890-1980)