At Blessings4Ever, we are celebrating Black History Month by publishing posts celebrating the success of African-Americans who often advocated for racial justice while making strides in the medical profession. Today, we are celebrating Rebecca Lee Crumpler.
Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first African-American woman to become a medical doctor in the United States of America. She was also a nurse and an author. Her book called, A Book of Medicine, made her one of the first female physician authors of the 19th century.
During her life she faced much ridicule, intense racism, and sexism for being a female and African-American physician. Many male physicians would not recognize her as a practicing doctor. Yet, she persisted, She has left a powerful legacy and impact for pioneering the way for many others to follow in her footsteps and enter the medical profession. We are so grateful for her perseverance.