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.

Sheila Jackson-Lee (1950 – )

Sheila Jackson-Lee was born on January 12, 1950 in Queens, New York.   She graduated from Jamaica High School in Queens, New York in 1968.  She then graduated from Yale University in Connecticut with a B.A. in political science in 1972 followed in 1975 by a … Read MoreSheila Jackson-Lee (1950 – )

Bobby L. Rush (1946- )

Bobby Lee Rush was born in Albany, Georgia on November 23, 1946. He graduated from Marshall High School in that city at the age of seventeen and soon afterwards enlisted in the United States Army.  Rush served in the Army from 1963 to 1968 when … Read MoreBobby L. Rush (1946- )

John R. Lewis (1940- )

John Lewis was born in Troy, Alabama on February 21, 1940.  In 1961 he received a B.A. from American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1967 he received an additional B.A. from Fisk University located in Nashville, Tennessee. While attending American Baptist Seminary, Lewis … Read MoreJohn R. Lewis (1940- )

The Black and Tan Club (1922-1966)

Black & Tan Club, Seattle, 1937 Image Courtesy of Puget Sound Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives The Black and Tan Club was a leading jazz nightclub located in Seattle, Washington, operating from 1922 until 1966.  The nightclub flourished and was known as the … Read MoreThe Black and Tan Club (1922-1966)

William and Ellen Craft (1824-1900; 1826-1891)

Image Ownershp: Public Domain William and Ellen Craft were born into slavery.  William was born in Macon, Georgia to a master who sold off his family to pay his gambling debts.  William’s new owner apprenticed him as a carpenter in order to earn money from … Read MoreWilliam and Ellen Craft (1824-1900; 1826-1891)

The Underground Railroad (1820-1861)

The Underground Railroad was established to aid enslaved people in their escape to freedom.  The railroad was comprised of dozens of secret routes and safe houses originating in the slaveholding states and extending all the way to the Canadian border, the only area where fugitives … Read MoreThe Underground Railroad (1820-1861)