Student Historian

Sumaya Addish is a first-year student at the University of Washington, Seattle. Planning to study biochemistry, Sumaya is interested in creating innovative and safe therapeutics for underserved communities around the world. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading novels, and spending time with family and friends.

Freweyni Asress (?- )

Environmental and social justice activist Freweyni Asress of Gondar, Ethiopia runs the Instagram account @ZeroWasteHabesha, with which she documents her progress toward a zero-waste lifestyle, alongside encouraging and facilitating conversations on topics such as Black ecology, race, and colonization. Defined by academics J.T. Roane and … Read MoreFreweyni Asress (?- )

1) Cancer Alley, Louisiana (1987- )

When residents of St. Gabriel, Louisiana took note of the large number of fellow community members being diagnosed with cancer along Jacobs Drive, the community nicknamed the street “Cancer Alley.” As the number of cancer cases steadily grew within their community and across the state, … Read More1) Cancer Alley, Louisiana (1987- )

9) Warren County, North Carolina (1779- )

Founded in 1779, Warren County, North Carolina, is the birthplace of the environmental racism movement. In 1982 members of the predominantly Black population of Warren County, situated on the North Carolina border with Virginia, began protesting the decision by the State of North Carolina to … Read More9) Warren County, North Carolina (1779- )