Tag: black empowerment

A profile of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, one of the first doctors to perform open-heart surgery and the founder of America’s first Black-owned hospital. Dr. Williams graduated from medical school at a time when many Black doctors were prevented from practicing medicine in White hospitals. To circumvent this obstacle, he co-founded the Provident Hospital and Training School Association on the South Side of Chicago. He later performed one of the first successful open-heart surgeries on a young man who sustained severe stab wounds to the chest.

Historical Profile

“Forty Million Dollar Slaves” by William C. Rhoden tells the history of Black athletes navigating the racist efforts to limit their participation in sports. Largely focused on athletes in America, the book begins in the 1700s and continues into the 2000s. Through the stories of various athletes, Rhoden presents his case for how organized Black athleticism as a means of control was first cultivated on plantations and shows how that mentality continues into the present.

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