Student Historian

Amy Marie Scott-Zerr is an English and History major at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She studies Afro-American, African, Caribbean and Black British histories and literatures, including music and film.  She researches Marxism, Pan-Africanism, nationalist revolutions, gospel music, blues music, rhythm and blues music, feminism, LGBT studies, and prison abolitionism.  Born and raised in Seattle, as well as Aberdeen, Washington and Hurricane, Utah, she enjoys the great outdoors.  She is a graduate of Rainier Beach High School and has also attended Seattle Central Community College before coming to UW-Seattle.  She gave a presentation on President Sékou Touré’s feminist poetry at the African Literature Association Conference held at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio on April 13-17, 2011. She was also an observer at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 18-21, 2010 in San Francisco.  Most recently she has been researching the life and work of Willie Mae Thornton.

Dorothy Love Coates (1928-2002)

Dorothy Love Coates was an American gospel singer, songwriter, and composer. She was born Dorothy McGriff on January 30, 1928, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her minister father, Lillar McGriff, moved to the North when Coates was six, and her parents soon divorced. Thereafter, Lillar McGriff raised … Read MoreDorothy Love Coates (1928-2002)

Hunters Point (San Francisco)

Hunters Point is a neighborhood of southeastern San Francisco set on a peninsula jutting into the San Francisco Bay.  The neighborhood is adjacent to the site of a former naval base, the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.   Hunters Point has become an economically underdeveloped neighborhood of … Read MoreHunters Point (San Francisco)

Guadalupe Victoria Yolí Raymond (1936-1992)

Guadalupe Victoria Yolí Raymond, known popularly as “La Lupe,” was a Cuban and Cuban American singer and dancer.  She was born in San Pedrito, a locality within Santiago de Cuba, Oriente Province, Cuba on December 23, 1936. Yolí grew up in an impoverished family.  Her … Read MoreGuadalupe Victoria Yolí Raymond (1936-1992)