Spreading Good News (Post 513 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH: First African American M.D. Degree, Dr. James McCune Smith)

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IT’S BETTER TO DIE CHASING A DREAM NEVER CAUGHT THAN TO DIE NEVER HAVING CHASED THE DREAM.  ~ Joyce Fields

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TREMENDOUS AMOUNTS OF TALENT ARE BEING LOST TO OUR SOCIETY JUST BECAUSE THAT TALENT WEARS A SKIRT.  ~ Shirley Chisholm

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

In honor of “Black History Month,” I will be Spreading Good News with daily posts of informative, educational, entertaining pieces about Black History.

I hope you enjoy this piece!


BLACK HISTORY MONTH: First African American M.D. Degree,  Dr. James McCune Smith

Dr. James McCune Smith was one of the most broadly accomplished black intellectuals and activists in antebellum (before the Civil War) America.  Born in New York on April 18, 1813, to a mother who purchased her own freedom and a father who may have been a freed slave or a white merchant, Smith attended the African Free School in New York City, where, at the age of eleven, he was chosen to give an address to the Marquis de Lafayette (1824).

Upon graduation from the African Free School, James McCune Smith sought, but was denied, admission to several American colleges.  He then managed to raise money to attend the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where, after completing bachelor’s and masters’ degrees, he completed a medical degree in 1837.  Thus he became, as far as can be determined, the first African American to be awarded a degree in medicine.  After completing a medical internship in Paris, he returned to New York City, where he opened a medical office and a pharmacy that attracted interracial clientele on West Broadway.

While in Scotland, Smith joined the Glasgow Emancipation Society, an organization that helped to fund his education.  After returning to New York City, Dr. Smith quickly emerged as a powerful anti-slavery and anti-racism organizer, orator, and writer.  Intellectually erudite and passionate, he wrote prolifically about medicine, science, education, racism, and literature.  In 1863, he moved to Ohio to accept a position as professor of anthropology at Wilberforce College.  Dr. James McCune Smith died of heart disease at the age of 52 on November 17, 1865.  He was survived by his wife and five children.

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Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

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http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

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http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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6 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 513 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH: First African American M.D. Degree, Dr. James McCune Smith)

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