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.
A profile of Dr. Matilda Evans the first Black female MD in South Carolina and a healthcare advocate for Black people as a whole but children in particular.
Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell, is a book about “the greatest propaganda campaign of all time”: the concept of black inferiority. In this book, he details the use of racial stereotypes as propaganda to promote the idea of black inferiority and white superiority. The book also explores the lingering effects of slavery and its aftermath on the Black psyche and community.