William Jones (1918-2009)

William Jones, one of the last Buffalo Soldiers, was also a U.S. Army Master Sergeant, Prisoner of War (POW) in Korea and successful entrepreneur.  Jones was born in Tamo, Arkansas to farmers Joseph and Elizabeth Jones on July 15, 1918, the youngest of seven children. Jones grew up in Kansas and attended the … Read MoreWilliam Jones (1918-2009)

25th Infantry Regiment (1866-1947)

When the U.S. Army was reorganized on July 28, 1866 for peacetime service after the American Civil War, six regiments were set aside for black enlisted men.  These included four infantry regiments, numbered 38th through 41st.  The 25th Infantry was created during a reduction in March 1869 by … Read More25th Infantry Regiment (1866-1947)

William McBryar (1861-1941)

William McBryar was a biracial buffalo soldier whose received the Medal of Honor for his participation in the 1890 Cherry Creek Campaign in Arizona Territory. McBryar was born on February 14, 1861 in Elizabethtown, North Carolina to Rose McBryar, an African American, and a white father whose name is unknown. McBryar attended … Read MoreWilliam McBryar (1861-1941)

Jaya (a.k.a. Maria Luisa Ramsey Kagahastian-Gotidoc) (1970- )

Image Ownership: Public domain Jaya, born Maria Luisa Ramsey, is one of the most renowned singers in the Philippines.  Born to popular Afro-Filipino comedienne Elizabeth Ramsey and Filipino singer and musician Reynaldo Kagahastian on March 21, 1970 in Manila, Jaya’s parents separated when she was three years old. … Read MoreJaya (a.k.a. Maria Luisa Ramsey Kagahastian-Gotidoc) (1970- )

The Asian-African (Bandung) Conference: Fact and Fiction

In the article below independent historian Kyle Haddad-Fonda describes the Asian-African Conference popularly known as the Bandung Conference which was the first significant gathering of independent and soon-to-be independent nations in Asia and Africa. From April 18 to April 24, 1955, delegates from twenty-nine countries … Read MoreThe Asian-African (Bandung) Conference: Fact and Fiction

Daniel W. Yohannes (1952– )

  Ambassador Daniel Yohannes with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Daniel W. Yohannes, a businessman, philanthropist, and diplomat, was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on September 22, 1952. He moved to the United States at age 17 as an exchange student … Read MoreDaniel W. Yohannes (1952– )

A Successful Decision-Making Strategy for Choosing Where to Donate Your Historical Memorabilia

Seattle Photographer Al Smith, Sr. at MOHAI Opening of His Exhibit, Jazz on the Spot (Photo by Howard Giske, MOHAI) In the article below, Al “Butch” Smith Jr., PhD, and Peter Blecha describe the process by which the family of prominent Seattle photographer Al Smith … Read MoreA Successful Decision-Making Strategy for Choosing Where to Donate Your Historical Memorabilia