Tiana Smith

Independent Historian

Tiana Smith was born and raised near Seattle, Washington. She currently attends the University of Washington, Seattle and is majoring in history with a minor in French. Tiana comes from a very diverse ethnic background with roots stemming back to Africa, Cuba, and France. This drives her passion for studying other languages and cultures. Tiana has also worked with her local government on a variety of summer projects to benefit kids in need. She has a love for working with kids and plans to get her master’s in education so she can teach history to middle school and high school students.

Nikkita Oliver (1986- )

Image Ownership, Nate Gowdy Nikkita Oliver is an attorney, teacher, poet, and social activist. She is well-known for her 2017 run for mayor of Seattle, Washington where she came in a surprising third in a field of twenty-one candidates which included many established politicians.  Oliver was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and grew up in … Read MoreNikkita Oliver (1986- )

The Prison Abolition Movement (1985- )

Incarcerated Americans, 1920-2006 Image Ownership: Public domain The Prison Abolition Movement is a social campaign to eliminate prisons. The movement began in the 1980s following the War on Drugs whose consequence was to increase the U.S. prison population from 500,000 in 1980 to 1.3 million in 1990 and 2 million in … Read MoreThe Prison Abolition Movement (1985- )

Patrisse Cullors (1984- )

Writer, activist, and artist Patrisse Cullors, is most well-known as one of the three founders of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Cullors was born in 1984 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the Pacoima neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley. Her mother, Cherisse Foley, raised Cullors and her … Read MorePatrisse Cullors (1984- )

Opal Tometi (1984- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Writer, activist, and immigration rights advocate Opal Tometi is best known as one of the three founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.  Tometi, born in 1984 to Nigerian parents who had illegally immigrated to the United States, grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and is the oldest … Read MoreOpal Tometi (1984- )

Alicia Garza (1981- )

Alicia Garza is an activist and writer who now lives in Oakland, California. Although she has organized around issues related to health, student services, and rights for domestic workers as well as violence against trans and gender nonconforming people of color, she is best known one of three founders of … Read MoreAlicia Garza (1981- )