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 27:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Dr. Eliza Ann Grier
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American woman to practice medicine in the State of Georgia, Eliza Ann Grier ALSO:
- Was an emancipated slave
- Graduated from Fisk University with a degree in Education (1891)
- Graduated from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (now part of Drexel University College of Medicine) (1897)
- Specialized in obstetrics and gynecology
- Had a brother, R.E. Grier, who also practiced medicine
Extra tidbits: During both her undergraduate and medical school years, Eliza Grier paid her tuition by picking cotton in alternate years. This extended the time it took to earn her Bachelor’s degree to seven years, and extended the time it took to earn her Medical degree to eight years. Though she originally attended Fisk with the goal of becoming a schoolteacher, Dr. Grier instead decided to become a doctor, because she felt doing so would have done the most good for her people. Dr. Grier died in 1902, after only five years of practice.