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From the pages of BlackPast: Six African American women who changed the West (and the world)

April 30, 2019

7:30–8:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, Room 130

Free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Kane Hall lobby.


Quintard Taylor

Quintard Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor Emeritus of American History. An internationally recognized authority on black history in the American West, he has shaped the field for more than four decades with his pioneering research on African Americans in the Pacific Northwest.

Taylor’s lecture will explore the role of technology in changing the narrative of African American history. His extensive online database, BlackPast, introduces a global audience to significant people, places and events that challenge and broaden our assumptions about the black historical experience.

The narrative of African American history has typically focused on major figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks. While these individuals and their stories are important, we get a much richer understanding of black life and history by also delving into the less well-known stories of others. BlackPast was designed to facilitate this exploration. In his lecture, Taylor will present six little-known black women profiled on his website whose experiences can help us redefine the historical narrative of African Americans in the West — and the world.

Read more about Professor Taylor’s work.

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Since 1976, this annual award has honored current or emeritus faculty whose research, scholarship or art has been widely recognized by their peers and whose achievements have had a substantial impact on their profession, the research or performance of others, and society as a whole.

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