Book ID: CBB169785012

She Can Bring Us Home: Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer (2015)


Diane Kiesel (Author)

Potomac Books

Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 408 pages
Language: English

Long before it became the slogan of the presidential campaign for Barack Obama, Dorothy Ferebee (1898–1980) lived by the motto YES, WE CAN. An African American obstetrician and civil rights activist from Washington DC, she was descended from lawyers, journalists, politicians, and a judge. At a time when African Americans faced Jim Crow segregation, desperate poverty, and lynch mobs, she advised presidents on civil rights and assisted foreign governments on public health issues. Though articulate, visionary, talented, and skillful at managing her publicity, she was also tragically flawed.Ferebee was president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha black service sorority and later became the president of the powerful National Council of Negro Women in the nascent civil rights era. She stood up to gun-toting plantation owners to bring health care to sharecroppers through her Mississippi Health Project during the Great Depression. A household name in black America for forty years, Ferebee was also the media darling of the thriving black press. Ironically, her fame and relevance faded as African Americans achieved the political power for which she had fought. In She Can Bring Us Home, Diane Kiesel tells Ferebee’s extraordinary story of struggle and personal sacrifice to a new generation.

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Review Susan L. Smith (2016) Review of "She Can Bring Us Home: Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (pp. 365-367). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Olakanmi, Ololade
Savitt, Todd Lee
Hoover, Eddie
Washington, Harriet A.
Baker, Robert B.
Jacobs, Elizabeth A.
Social History of Medicine
Journal of the National Medical Association
Feminist Studies
Canadian Journal of History
Journal of the History of the Neurosciences
Journal of American History
The University of North Carolina Press
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of Minnesota Press
Rutgers University Press
L'Asino d'oro Edizioni
African Americans and science
Civil rights
African Americans
Women in medicine
Trotula of Salerno
Winterhaler, Elisabeth
United States
Philadelphia, PA
Salerno, Italy
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
12th century
American Red Cross
Salerno. Schola Salernitana
National Institute of Health (U.S.)

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