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Rebecca Lee Crumpler, A Medical Milestone


Because medical practitioners focus more on their patients than any notoriety, historical figures in medicine are often rendered obscure. Such is the case of Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African American woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S. Crumpler was born in 1831 and raised by an …

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Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, Mind Mender


For years, the degenerative brain illness that came to be known as Alzheimer’s Disease was barely understood. Doctors struggled to determine the causes, why it affected the elderly, and most importantly, how it could be treated. In 1904 noted German psychiatrist Dr. Alois Alzheimer invited five foreign doctors to be …

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FRED HAMPTON (1948-1969)


Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, Dirksen Federal Building, 1969 Photo by Paul Sequeira, Fair use image Fred Hampton, deputy chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, was born on August 30, 1948 and raised in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, Illinois. In high school he excelled in academics and athletics. After Hampton …

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