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"I am at once a physician, a citizen and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live". - Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010) The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School

"I am at once a physician, a citizen and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged and the planned have the right to live". - Dr. Mildred Jefferson (1926-2010) The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School

That's what African American girls of the 1920s looked like.

That's what African American girls of the 1920s looked like.

Katherine Dunham and John Thomas Pratt — historical snapshots — Medium

Katherine Dunham and John Thomas Pratt

Shirley Chisholm (1924 - 2005)  "Unbought and Unbossed" Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress, a 1972 candidate for president, and a life long advocate for women's and civil rights.

Shirley Chisholm (1924 - 2005) "Unbought and Unbossed" Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress, a 1972 candidate for president, and a life long advocate for women's and civil rights.

That's what African American girls of the 1920s looked like.

That's what African American girls of the 1920s looked like.

Also known as "the mother of the blues," Ma Rainey is one of the earliest known American professional blues singers.

Also known as "the mother of the blues," Ma Rainey is one of the earliest known American professional blues singers.

The immortal Alberta Hunter. Lied about her age to start singing in clubs as a teenager.

The immortal Alberta Hunter. Lied about her age to start singing in clubs as a teenager.

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