Melissa Turner

Independent Historian

Melissa Turner is a an independent historian who studies radical historians and intellectuals.  She holds advanced degrees in history and political science and is particularly interested in 20th Century thinkers in Western Europe and the United States.

Freedomways (1961-1985)

Freedomways Cover, 1979 Image Ownership: Public Domain Freedomways was the central theoretical journal of the 20th century black arts and intellectual movement in the United States.  From its opening issue in the spring of 1961, it invited historians, sociologists, economists, artists, workers, and students to … Read MoreFreedomways (1961-1985)

Lorenzo Johnston Greene (1899-1988)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Dr. Lorenzo Johnston Greene was a pioneering African American historian.  Greene was born on November 16, 1899 in Ansonia, Connecticut.  He received his BA from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1924 and his MA in history from Columbia University … Read MoreLorenzo Johnston Greene (1899-1988)

Hunter Pitts “Jack” O’Dell (1924-2019)

Community organizer and civil rights activist Hunter Pitts O’Dell was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 11, 1924.  His father George Edwin O’Dell worked in hotels and restaurants in Detroit. His mother, Emily (Pitts) O’Dell, who studied music at Howard University, later taught adults to … Read MoreHunter Pitts “Jack” O’Dell (1924-2019)