Black History Month: African-American Health Pioneers

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  • Paying Homage
  • Michelle Obama (1964-present)
  • Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895)
  • Phill Wilson (1956-present)
  • Dr. Regina Benjamin (1956-present)
  • Dr. Lonnie Robert Bristow (1930-present)
  • Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown (1919–2004)
  • President Barack Obama (1961-present)
  • Ben Carson (1951-present)
  • Jocelyn Elders (1933-present)
  • Otis Boykin (1920-1982)
  • Charles Drew (1904-1950)
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926)
  • William Augustus Hinton (1883-1959)
  • Mamie Phipps Clark (1917-1983)
  • Daniel Hale Williams (1858-1931)

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895)

Dr. Crumpler was the first African-American woman to earn a medical degree in 1864. She devoted her life to improving health in the Black community through research and working in clinics. When the Civil War ended, she dedicated her career to helping newly freed Blacks in the South by providing them medical care. 

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