Secret Black Surgeon: Dr. HAMILTON NAKI, 1967 first successful heart transplant,Cape Town. But he could never appear because he was Black. Apartheid a Black man, could not operate on Caucasian patients or touch their blood. White,Chief surgeon, Dr. Christian Barnard, immediately became a celebrity. Hamilton Naki was not allowed to appear on photos with the team.If he accidentally got on a picture, the hospital said he was with the cleaning service, making him a secret surgeon
Maestro Willie Anthony Waters is one of few black conductors to see success worldwide. Waters has lead the orchestra at opera companies including the Australian Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, NYCO, Cape Town Opera, Fort Worth Opera, San Diego Opera & more. Waters served as General & Artistic Director of the Connecticut Opera (1999-2009), was Music Director & Principal Conductor of the Florida Grand Opera (1986-95) & is also the Artistic Director at the Hoston Ebony Opera Guild (1995-present).
Alysa Stanton (born c. 1964) is an African American Jew. On June 6, 2009, she was ordained as the first African-American female rabbi. In August 2009, she began work as arabbi at Congregation Bayt Shalom, a small majority-white synagogue in Greenville, North Carolina, making her the first African-American rabbi to lead a majority-white congregation. She converted to Judaism and first studied and worked as a psychotherapist. She graduated from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.