Victoria Earle Matthews (1861-1907)

Victoria Earle Smith was an accomplished journalist, author, lecturer, clubwoman, social worker, and missionary.  She was born on May 27, 1861 in Fort Valley, Georgia, to Caroline Smith, a slave, and a man who was believed to be the family’s master.  Caroline fled the plantation … Read MoreVictoria Earle Matthews (1861-1907)

Norm Rice (1943- )

Future mayor of Seattle, Norman B. Rice was born in Denver, Colorado.  He migrated to Seattle in 1970 to attend college.  In 1972 he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and two years later a master’s degree in public administration both from the University of … Read MoreNorm Rice (1943- )

Drusilla Dunjee Houston (1876-1941)

The self-trained historian and journalist Drusilla Dunjee Houston was born in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia in 1876. Her parents were Rev. John William and Lydia Taylor Dunjee. Drusilla’s younger brother Roscoe was a journalist and Civil Rights activist in Oklahoma City. In 1915 he founded … Read MoreDrusilla Dunjee Houston (1876-1941)