Nikolaus Wirth

Student Historian

Nikolaus Wirth is a visiting graduate student at the University of Washington for the academic year 2007-2008. His home institution is the University of Augsburg in Germany.  He attends the University of Washington through a scholarship program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). As soon as he returns to Germany, he will pursue his M.A. degree in Modern European History. His research interests are the transatlantic relations between Germany and the United States and the Social and Political History of both countries after the Second World War.

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1960–1973)

SNCC-Organized Mass Meeting on Voter Registration, Greenwood, Mississippi, April, 1963 Image Ownership: Public Domain On February 1, 1960, four black college students in Greensboro, North Carolina, demanded service at a Woolworth’s lunch counter. When the staff refused to serve them, they stayed until the store … Read MoreStudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1960–1973)

Nation of Islam (1930– )

Image Ownership, Public Domain During the summer of 1930 street vendor Wallace D. Fard appeared in Detroit, Michigan‘s Paradise Valley community, proclaiming himself to be the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI) and proselytizing among his customers according to his Islamic beliefs. Fard’s doctrine … Read MoreNation of Islam (1930– )

Abram Petrovich Hannibal (1696?–1781)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Sold into Turkish slavery, Abram Petrovich Hannibal was brought as a black servant to Czar Peter I, known as Peter the Great. He became one of the royal favorites, a general-in-chief, and one of the best educated men in Russia in … Read MoreAbram Petrovich Hannibal (1696?–1781)

Alessandro de’ Medici (1510–1537)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Alessandro de’ Medici, called “Il Moro” (“The Moor”), was born in the Italian city of Urbino in 1510. His mother was an African slave named Simonetta who had been freed. Alessandro’s paternity is uncertain.  Most sources name Lorenzo de’ Medici, ruler … Read MoreAlessandro de’ Medici (1510–1537)

Juan Latino (c. 1518–c. 1594)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Juan Latino, or Juan de Sesa as he was actually named, was an Afro-Hispanic poet in Renaissance Spain who taught at the Cathedral school in Granada and became famous for his epic Latin poems. A native of Berbería, a Spanish term … Read MoreJuan Latino (c. 1518–c. 1594)

Jacobus Elisa Johannes Capitein (1717?-1747)

Engraving of Jacobus Capitein Image Ownership: Public Domain As one of the first known sub-Saharan Africans to study at a European university, the freed slave Jacobus Capitein became a celebrity in Holland for his academic and religious achievements and later returned to his homeland to … Read MoreJacobus Elisa Johannes Capitein (1717?-1747)