Coley Veitenhans

Student Historian

Coley Veitenhans is a senior at the University of
Washington Seattle Campus, majoring in History and Sociology with a minor in
Diversity.  After graduation, Coley will
be attending the University of Washington to pursue a Master’s in Teaching and hopefully
become a high school history following completion of his degree.

Rubin “The Hurricane” Carter (1937-2014)

Rubin Carter Holding the Writ of Habeas Corpus That Freed Him From Prison Image Ownership: Public domain Rubin Carter was an American middleweight boxer, who is best known not because of his sports career but because of his murder conviction in 1967 and exoneration in … Read MoreRubin “The Hurricane” Carter (1937-2014)

Gloster B. Current (1913-1997)

Musician, clergyman and civil rights supporter Gloster B. Current was instrumental in the growth of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP, founded 1909).  Born in 1913 in Indianapolis, Indiana, to John T. Current and Earsy Bryant, Gloster grew up Chicago and … Read MoreGloster B. Current (1913-1997)

Central State University [Ohio] (1887- )

Central State University (CSU) was one of the first colleges in the United states to be administered by African Americans.  It was also unique as a state-funded institution which for sixty years was part of a private college.  The school’s beginnings can be traced back … Read MoreCentral State University [Ohio] (1887- )

James v. Marinship (1944)

Marinship Workers, ca. 1943 Image Ownership: Public Domain James v. Marinship was a California Supreme Court decision that ruled that jobs requiring labor union membership could not exclude blacks or other racial groups.  The Marinship Corporation operated various shipyards and was involved in the building … Read MoreJames v. Marinship (1944)

Freddie Keppard (1890–1933)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Pioneer jazz musician Freddie Keppard was one of the most famous cornet players of the early 20th Century.  Born February 27, 1890 in New Orleans, Keppard came from a musical family which included his brother Louis Keppard, who also became … Read MoreFreddie Keppard (1890–1933)

“King” Curtis Ousley (1934–1971)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain King Curtis was a famous tenor sax player during the 1950s and 1960s and was known for his signature honking sound.  Born in Fort Worth, Texas on February 7, 1934, with the birth name Curtis Ousley, King Curtis got his … Read More“King” Curtis Ousley (1934–1971)