Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of October 13:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Dr. Mildred F. Jefferson
In ADDITION to being the FIRST Black woman graduate of Harvard Medical School, Mildred Fay Jefferson ALSO:
- Earned a Bachelor’s degree at age 16 from Texas College
- Was the FIRST female doctor at Boston University Medical Center (now Boston Medical Center)
- Was the FIRST woman member of the Boston Surgical Society
- Earned a Master’s degree from Tufts University
- Served as Vice President (1973-1974), Chairman of the Board (1974-1975), and President (1975-1978) of the National Right to Life Committee
Extra tidbits: A staunch anti-abortion advocate, Dr. Jefferson became one of the founders of Massachusetts Citizens for Life (1970). Jefferson also helped found the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). In 1980, Jefferson helped the NRLC start a Political Action Committee to help lobby and support Pro-Life candidates. She died in 2010, at age 84.