Student Historian

Anthony Washington is from the Central District of Seattle, Washington.  He attended Garfield High School and received a basketball scholarship to play at the University of Washington.  Anthony is a former professional athlete, who played in many countries around the world.

Somewhat of a late bloomer intellectually speaking, he is the grandson of Dr. Frederick Cordova and    Dr. Dorothy Cordova, Historians, and Community activists who have lectured here at the University of Washington.  Anthony’s grandparents, and his mother who is a community activist, project developer, and lifetime student, are two of his main influences intellectually speaking.

Anthony loves African American history, and is studying African American male culture independently at the moment, and looks to further his research projects related to his studies once he finds the necessary funding.  He is back at University of Washington, and is anticipating receiving his degree in 2016.  He plans on continuing his education after he receives his undergraduate degree, and considers himself to be an Intellectual in training.

Ora Washington (1898-1971)

Ora Mae Washington was the first prominent African American athlete to dominate two sports, tennis and basketball.  Born on January 23, 1898, in Caroline County, Virginia, she was the daughter of James “Tommy” and Laura O. Young-Washington.   Washington’s family moved north in search of opportunity … Read MoreOra Washington (1898-1971)

Harrison B. Wilson Jr. (1925-2019)

Esteemed educator, legendary basketball coach, and successful university president, Harrison Wilson Jr. was born on April 21, 1925, in Amsterdam, a small city in upstate New York. His mother Marguerite Ayers was a school teacher, and his father Harrison Wilson Sr. worked in construction. Dr. … Read MoreHarrison B. Wilson Jr. (1925-2019)

Thabo Sefolosha (1984– )

Thabo Sefolosha, the first Swiss-born National Basketball Association (NBA) player, was born May 2, 1984, in Vevey, Switzerland, to Patrick Sefolosha, a South African musician, and Christine Sefolosha, a Swiss painter. Sefolosha is a member of the Swiss National basketball team and currently plays for … Read MoreThabo Sefolosha (1984– )

Prentice Herman Polk (1898-1985)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Prentice Herman Polk, acclaimed photographer, was born November 25, 1898 in Bessemer, Alabama, to Jacob Prentice Polk, a miner, and Christine Romelia Ward, a seamstress.   Mr. Polk was a portraitist who was especially adept with the effects of light and dark.  … Read MorePrentice Herman Polk (1898-1985)

Ernest Withers (1922-2007)

“Image Ownership: The Estate of Ernest C. Withers” Ernest Withers, a highly accomplished photographer, was born on August 7, 1922, in Memphis, Tennessee to parents Arthur Withers, a mailman and Pearl Withers, a school teacher, both from Marshall County, Mississippi.  Mr. Withers’ collection, which spans … Read MoreErnest Withers (1922-2007)