Amy Marie Scott-Zerr

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)

Rosetta Atkins [Sister Rosetta] Tharpe (1915-1973)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist of gospel, jazz, blues, and rock-and-roll.  She was born on March 20, 1915 near Cotton Plant, Arkansas to Katie (née Harper) Bell Nubin and Willis B. Atkins.  Her mother, a mandolin-playing evangelist … Read MoreRosetta Atkins [Sister Rosetta] Tharpe (1915-1973)

Hunters Point (San Francisco)

Image Ownership: Public Domain 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 … Read MoreHunters Point (San Francisco)

Guadalupe Victoria Yolí Raymond (1936-1992)

Image Ownership: Public Domain 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 … Read MoreGuadalupe Victoria Yolí Raymond (1936-1992)