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 15:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Rebecca Lee Crumpler
In ADDITON TO being the FIRST African American female to earn a medical degree, Rebecca Lee Crumpler:
- Started out as a nurse; was encouraged by her supervisors to earn a medical degree
- Wrote a book, “A Book of the Medical Discourses”, published in 1883; it became one of the first by an African American on the subject of medicine
- Was the only African American graduate of the New England Female Medical College (the school merged with Boston University in 1873)
- Was inspired to go into the medical profession by an aunt who spent her life helping the sick and shut-in
- At great risk to her personal safety, worked with the Freedmen’s Bureau after the Civil War, providing medical care for freed slaves who otherwise lacked access to needed medical services
Extra tidbits: Crumpler’s entrance into medical school was a first, as the school DID NOT ADMIT BLACKS. The Rebecca Lee Society – an organization that supports and promotes Black female physicians – was founded in her honor. To date, there are no known photos of her.