Cassandra Waggoner

Independent Historian

Cassandra Waggoner graduated from the University of Washington in the Spring of 2008 with a B.A. in history and a B.S. in economics.  She plans to go to graduate school in the Fall of 2010 to get an MBA with a concentration in finance.

B.B. King (1925-2015)

Image Courtesy of B.B. King Legendary blues singer B.B. King was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi.  King spent his childhood in the Mississippi Delta, but in 1946 left to pursue a music career in Memphis, Tennessee.  While in … Read MoreB.B. King (1925-2015)

Muddy Waters [aka McKinley Morganfield] (1913-1983)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Blues singer, songwriter and musician Muddy Waters was born McKinley Morganfield on April 4, 1913 in Issaquena County, Mississippi. Waters acquired his nickname (and later stage name) because as a young child he liked to play in the mud.  When he … Read MoreMuddy Waters [aka McKinley Morganfield] (1913-1983)

Ward Connerly (1939 – )

  Image Courtesy of Michigan Online, LLC Anti-affirmative action activist, businessman and former University of California regent Wardell (Ward) Anthony Connerly is popularly known as the key figure responsible for passage of California Proposition 209 which outlawed race and gender based preferences in state college … Read MoreWard Connerly (1939 – )

Bobby “Blue” Bland (1930-2013)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Blues singer Robert Calvin "Bobby" Bland also known as Bobby "Blue" Bland, was born on January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee.  He then moved to Memphis, Tennessee with his mother where he started getting involved with local gospel groups.   In addition to … Read MoreBobby “Blue” Bland (1930-2013)

Congressman Chaka Fattah (1956 – )

Chaka Fattah is a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He represented the 2nd Congressional District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1994 to 2016. Fattah resigned from office on June 23, 2016, following a racketeering conviction. On December 12, 2016, Fattah was sentenced … Read MoreCongressman Chaka Fattah (1956 – )

Barbara J. Lee (1946 – )

California Congresswoman Barbara Jean Lee, a self-described “Army brat,” has consistently been one of the most outspoken critics of the Iraq War.  She has also called for the creation of a Department of Peace as a cabinet level agency in the federal government. Barbara Jean … Read MoreBarbara J. Lee (1946 – )