Independent Historian

Meili Powell graduated from the University of Washington in 2017 with a BA in History, BA of Arts in Early Childhood and Family Studies, and a minor in Education, Learning, & Society. After graduation, Meili joined Teach for America in Memphis, Tennessee, where she taught elementary school for three years. Currently, Meili works as a literacy coach for ALLMemphis (Access Language & Literacy). In the future, Meili plans to graduate school for public policy and then continue working as an advocate for educational equity.

Naomi Osaka (1997- )

Naomi Osaka is a Japanese–Haitian professional tennis player. She is most famous for her upset victory over Serena Williams in the U.S. Open on September 8, 2018. Beginning her professional career in 2013, Osaka has made many significant achievements. In 2018, Osaka reached her highest singles world ranking as number … Read MoreNaomi Osaka (1997- )

Orange Mound, Memphis (1890- )

Orange Mound is an African-American neighborhood located in the southeast part of the Memphis, Tennessee. Orange Mound is the first African American community built solely by and for African Americans. Orange Mound was built on the John George Deaderick Plantation. Deaderick purchased 5,000 acres of land … Read MoreOrange Mound, Memphis (1890- )

C. Delores Tucker (1927-2005)

C. Delores Tucker is best remembered as a civil rights trailblazer who fought for women of color and toward the end of her life against profane and misogynist lyrics in hip-hop/ rap music. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 4, 1927 to Bahamian parents Reverend Whitfield and Captilda Nottage. Her father … Read MoreC. Delores Tucker (1927-2005)

Erma Clardy Craven (1918-1994)

Erma Clardy Craven was an African American leader in the pro-life movement. Craven helped start various “pro-life” organizations such as African-Americans Against Abortion, the National Right to Life Committee, Black Americans for Life, National Democrats for Life, and Americans United for Life. Craven was also … Read MoreErma Clardy Craven (1918-1994)