On August 4, 1865, the Loyal Creek Council formally declared that African Creeks would be considered full citizens of the Creek Nation.  African Creeks soon designated August 4th “Emancipation Day” and organized celebrations, including picnics, parades and speakers beginning as early as 1867, which continued through the Territorial days and early years of Oklahoma statehood.  The celebration fell into disuse as the African Creeks and … Continue reading EMANCIPATION DAY (AUGUST 4TH)

Profile: Claudette Johnson (1955-)

Claudette Elaine Johnson is a British visual artist. She is known for her large-scale drawings of Black women and involvement with the BLK Art Group. She was described by Modern Art Oxford as “one of the most accomplished figurative artists working in Britain today” Biography Claudette Johnson was born in Manchester, UK. She studied Fine Art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. While still a student there, she became a founder member of the BLK Art … Continue reading Profile: Claudette Johnson (1955-)

MICHAEL K. ROSS (1941-2007)

Michael K. Ross was a Washington State legislator, civil rights activist, and contractor who, although he worked from within established political channels, was not afraid to go against the grain to affect social change. Ross’s early years followed a conservative trajectory.  Born in Iowa City, Iowa and raised in the Midwest, he served a stint in the United States Air Force before deciding to become involved in civil rights work.  He came to Seattle in the mid-1960s … Continue reading MICHAEL K. ROSS (1941-2007)