Student Historian

Karla Rixon is an undergraduate at the University of Washington, majoring in History. She is particularly interested in the histories of under-studied populations such as sexual and ethnic minorities, and marginalized groups such as women. She plans to graduate in 2011, and does not intend to pursue graduate studies because of her health.

Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (1886-1939)

Businesswoman and entertainer Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, known as the Mother of Blues, was the most popular blues singer/ songwriter of the 1920s. She is considered to be the first woman to introduce blues into her performances. As a single woman, she established her own entertainment … Read MoreGertrude “Ma” Rainey (1886-1939)

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (1870- )

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School was established in 1870 as the Preparatory High School for Colored Youth with 45 students and one teacher, Emma J. Hutchins, to provide secondary education for the city’s African American children after efforts to integrate schools in Washington, D.C. failed. … Read MorePaul Laurence Dunbar High School (1870- )

Savannah State University (1890- )

Savannah State University, a historically black university in Savannah, Georgia, is the oldest state supported black institution of higher education in the state of Georgia. It was the first black public land grant college established in the state after the Morrill Act of 1890. Originally … Read MoreSavannah State University (1890- )

Prairie View A&M University (1878- )

Prairie View A&M University, with approximately 9,500 students, is the fourth largest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) by enrollment in the United States.  It was the first state-supported college in Texas for African Americans and was founded as part of the post-Civil War effort … Read MorePrairie View A&M University (1878- )

Fort Valley State University (1939- )

Fort Valley State University, in Fort Valley, Georgia, is a four year liberal arts land grant school that is part of the University System of Georgia. It was formed in 1939 when Fort Valley Normal and Industrial School merged with the State Teachers and Agricultural … Read MoreFort Valley State University (1939- )

Southern University Law Center [New Orleans] (1947- )

Southern University is a historically black university with a main campus located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Originally founded in 1880 in New Orleans as Southern University in New Orleans, it began its mission of providing post-secondary education for African Americans with 12 students and 5 … Read MoreSouthern University Law Center [New Orleans] (1947- )