Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 13, 2007

African American History Expert Quintard Taylor to Present
April 26 Simpson-Duvall Lecture at Whitworth

Whitworth is honored to present Quintard Taylor, Jr., as its 2007 Simpson-Duvall Lecturer. Taylor will present "Freedom's Frontier: African Americans and the Growth of the Pacific Northwest, 1860-1970" on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre at Whitworth College. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Taylor is the Scott and Dorothy Bullitt Professor of American History at the University of Washington. He has more than 30 years of experience teaching African American history, specifically African Americans in the West. Taylor is the author of books including In Search of the Racial Frontier: African American West, 1528-1990 (1998), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in history, and The Forging of a Black Community: A History of Seattle's Central District, 1870 through the Civil Rights Era (1994), which was the fifth book selected since 1968 for the Emil and Kathleen Sick Series in Western History and Biography.

Taylor is co-editor of the anthologies African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (2003), with Shirley Ann Wilson Moore, and Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California (2001), with Lawrence B. de Graaf and Kevin Mulroy. He has published more than 50 articles on western African American history, 20th century African American history, and African and Afro-Brazilian history. He is currently writing a book on the 20th-century history of the African American West, to be published by the University of Arizona Press.

Taylor, who is originally from Brownsville, Tenn., received his B.A. from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C., and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has taught previously at institutions including Washington State University, California Polytechnic State University, the University of Oregon and the University of Lagos. He serves on the Council of the American Historical Association, and is a member of the boards of trustees of the Washington State Historical Society, the Washington Territorial Commission, and the History Link Interactive History Project.

The Simpson-Duvall Lectureship honors two of Whitworth's most distinguished professors: Clarence Simpson, professor of English from 1953-1980, and R. Fenton Duvall, professor of history from 1949-1981. The annual lectureship is held in appreciation for these two men's years of commitment and contributions to Whitworth; it continues, in their spirit, to enrich the college community. The lecture is held once each calendar year, and topics alternate between Simpson's and Duvall's disciplines, English and history. Taylor's lecture is sponsored by the Whitworth History Department.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, history department, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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