From the Pages of Six African American Women You have Never Heard of Who Changed the West (and the World)

In this lecture, Professor Taylor will examine six little-known black women whose experiences help challenge and redefine the basic narrative of the black historical experience. He will explore how changes the narrative of African American history by making available to a global audience significant people, places, and events. 

The Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Memorial Lecture is a free speaker series celebrating Lucile Berkeley, whose parents were emancipated slaves who settled in Colorado in 1882. Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones was a lifelong educator, a visionary who stood up against injustice, a woman of faith, and a firm believer in the electoral process. She graduated with a BA in German from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1918 and taught high school in Arkansas, Kansas, and Illinois.

“As a researcher and writer, Quintard Taylor has played a leading role in the revitalization of the field of Western American history,” Patty Limerick, Faculty Director of the Center of the American West, said. “And, as a dynamic speaker, he delivers insight with an intensity and energy nearly unmatched among scholars.”

Quintard Taylor, the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington, is the author of The Forging of a Black Community: Seattle’s Central District from 1870 through the Civil Rights Era and In Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West, 1528-1990. In 2004, Taylor created BlackPast houses over 3,000 pages of information, has links to over 600 other websites, and features contributions by more than 400 scholars. It is now one of the largest reference websites for African American and Global African history. 

The series is hosted by:

Department of German & Slavic Languages & Literature , Women & Gender Studies , College of Media, Information and Communication, Ethnic Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement, Center of the American West

Photo courtesy of University of Washington by Joe Mabel