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Quintard Taylor speaking with a blue background scene behind him
Spring 2024

Quintard Taylor: WSU ‘set my life trajectory’

Quintard Taylor Jr. didn’t expect to stay in Pullman for four years. He’d joined the faculty of Washington State University’s new Black Studies Program in 1971, thinking he’d teach for a year before going on to get his doctorate in history.

Instead, the decision to come to Pullman “became kind of life-changing,” he now says. “It set my career and my life trajectory.”

His work at WSU, researching the history of Black people in the Pacific Northwest, would become his doctoral dissertation at the University of Minnesota. It was the foundation of a public television series called South by Northwest. And it informed his … » More …