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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences African Americans

Working forward

Stefan Bradley.Growing up in Yakima, Washington, Stefan Bradley (’98 MA history) realized that he learned about Black history mostly at home and at church⁠—not in school.

“Most of the things that we discussed in class that had to do with Black people ended up being uncomfortable,” Bradley recalls. “And I’m not blaming this precisely on the educators that I had, because I had really good educators. It’s just what » More …

Power of words

Sandra Williams and a stack of Black Lens newspapers.When Sandy Williams (’83 psych.) was in the eighth grade, she discovered that only boys were allowed to take shop class, while girls had to take home economics. To Williams, this was unfair.

Instead of standing idly by, she wrote a persuasive essay calling for a change. Thanks to Williams, girls like her who had no interest in home economics could take shop if they wanted to. » More …