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Fri, 09.04.2021

Ludie Clay Andrews, Nurse, and Nursing Advocate born

*Ludie Clay Andrews was born on this date in 1874. She was a Black nurse and administrator. Ludie Clay Andrews a Mulatto was born in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she graduated from Eddy High School. Shortly after, she entered into nurse training at MacVicar Hospital at Spelman College in Atlanta, graduating in 1906. Spelman College later closed its […]

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Fri, 09.04.2021

Ida Mae Hiram, Dentist born

*The birth of Dr. Ida Mae Hiram is celebrated on this date in 1896. She was a Black dentist, activist, and administrator. Ida Mae Johnson was born to Fayette and Short Johnson in Athens, Georgia. Her father was a former slave, who ran away from his bondage at a young age and established himself in […]

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Sat, 03.04.2021

Riley Ransom, Doctor born

*Riley Ransom was born on this date in 1886.  He was a Black physician.  Riley Andrew Ransom was born in Columbus, KY. He was the son of Allen and Alice Ransom and a cousin to Bishop Isaac Lane, founder of Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee. Ransom initially attended Lane College but soon transferred to Southern […]

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Mon, 29.03.2021

Frances Cress Welsing, Psychiatrist born

*Frances Cress Welsing was born on this date in 1935. She was a Black psychiatrist. Frances Luella Cress Welsing was born Frances Luella Cress in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Henry N. Cress, was a physician, and her mother, Ida Mae Griffen, was a teacher. In 1957, she earned a B.S. degree at Antioch College and […]

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Fri, 26.03.2021

Aaron Mair, Environmentalist born

The birth of Aaron Mair is celebrated on this date in 1961.  He is a Black Scottish epidemiological-spatial analyst, environmental justice advocate.   He is involved in the environmental justice movement.  From 2015 to 2017, Mair he served as president of the Sierra Club.  He was the organization’s first Black president.  Mair is a graduate of Binghamton University, where he received […]

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Thu, 25.03.2021

Ionia Rollin Whipper, Obstetrician born

*Ionia Rollin Whipper was born on this date in 1872.  She was a Black obstetrician and public health outreach worker.   From Beaufort, South Carolina, both of Whipper’s parents were from Black families which had been free before the American Civil War. Her father, the lawyer William James Whipper, moved from Philadelphia to South Carolina […]

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Thu, 25.03.2021

Amanda Gray Hilyer, Businesswoman born

*Amanda Gray Hilyer was born on this date in 1870.  She was a Black entrepreneur, pharmacist, civic worker, and activist.  Amanda Victoria Brown was born in Atchison, Kansas. She attended public schools in Kansas and married pharmacist Arthur S. Gray. In around 1897, the couple moved to Washington D.C., and she attended Howard University. She obtained her […]

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Thu, 18.03.2021

Monroe A. Majors, Physician born

*Monroe Majors was born on this date in 1864.  He was a Black physician, writer and civil rights activist in Texas and Los Angeles.   Monroe Alpheus Majors was born in Waco, Texas, the son of Andrew Jackson Majors and Jane Barringer. In 1869, they moved to Austin, Texas, where Majors went to Freedmen’s Bureau […]

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Thu, 18.03.2021

The Lone Star State Medical Association formed

*The Lone Star State Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association began on this date in 1886.  This is an organization of African Americans in the health field, came into existence in Galveston. J. H. and L. M. Wilkins, brothers and Galveston doctors, with J. S. Cameron, a San Antonio pharmacist, and twelve men from nine towns […]

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Tue, 02.03.2021

Robert W. Johnson, Doctor and Tennis Mentor born

*Robert W. Johnson was born on this date in 1899.  He was a Black physician and community activist.   Robert Walter Johnson was born in Norfolk, VA.  He graduated in 1924 from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, he was a classmate of Melvin B. Tolson. Following a college career playing football at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University as a […]

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

North of Dark North of Shango In kangaroo jungle of West Lost Dressed in hide of fox Dressed at last to kill Thirteen grains of sand Seven memories ... MEDICINE MAN by Calvin Hernton.
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