If you’re interested in learning about the first Black woman in America to receive an M.D. and one of the first Black authors to write a medical guide, then my Rebecca Lee Crumpler Black History Facts profile is for you.
“Take My Hand” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez tells the story of a recently graduated nurse who learns about an unethical medical program and becomes a whistleblower. The year is 1973 and determined to step out from her MD father’s shadow, Civil Townsend has found her first job as a nurse at a local community clinic rather than her father’s practice. Hoping to make a difference, Civil welcomes the opportunity to provide family planning advice and resources to her patients. That is until she’s faced with an ethical delimma avfter forming a connection with two preteen girls under her care.
If you’re interested in learning about an obstetrician and activist who led initiatives to increase access to healthcare for underserved Black communities, then my Dorothy Celeste Boulding Ferebee Black History Facts profile is for you.
If you’re interested in learning about the neurologist who made tremendous contributions to the field of neurology, was a pioneer in Alzheimer’s research, and is recognized as America’s first Black psychiatrist, then my Solomon Carter Fuller Black History Facts profile is for you.
Reading the synopsis for “killing the black body” by Dorothy E. Roberts, it seemed like the perfect book to discuss intersectionality as it touches on both race and reproductive rights. Racial, gender, and socioeconomic issues are often discussed separately but not nearly enough in combination as they occur in the real world. Here there’s a discussion of how those factors result in a difference in the approach to reproductive rights with regards to Black versus White women, especially within different income levels.