From Memphis and Mogadishu: The History of African Americans in King County, Washington, 1858-2014

In the extended article that appears below historians Daudi Abe and Quintard Taylor explore the history of African Americans in King County from 1858 to 2014.  They analyze the forces which encouraged people of African ancestry to settle in the county and discuss the rapid … Read MoreFrom Memphis and Mogadishu: The History of African Americans in King County, Washington, 1858-2014

Eric Lynn “Eazy-E” Wright (1963-1995)

Eazy-E, pioneering West Coast rapper, producer and record label executive, was born Eric Lynn Wright to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California on September 3, 1963.  His mother was a school administrator while his father worked at the post office. Eazy dropped out of … Read MoreEric Lynn “Eazy-E” Wright (1963-1995)

Anthony “Sir Mix-A-Lot” Ray (1963- )

Sir Mix-A-Lot, pioneering Pacific Northwest rapper and producer, was born Anthony Ray in Seattle, Washington on August 12, 1963.  He grew up in Seattle’s Central District and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1981.  Early on, Mix-A-Lot had an ear and a passion for music.  … Read MoreAnthony “Sir Mix-A-Lot” Ray (1963- )

Sister Souljah/Lisa Williamson (1964- )

Lisa Williamson, also known as Sister Souljah, is an author, lecturer, rap singer, activist, community organizer and political commentator. Through her music, books, lectures and community work she advocates black power, personal responsibility and activism. She proudly challenges black Americans to strengthen their communities and … Read MoreSister Souljah/Lisa Williamson (1964- )