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February 4, 2018

Lena Horne Quote

Black History: Special Delivery!!

Came across a quote from the incomparable Lena Horne that we just had to share!

“I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m me. I’m like nobody else”

-Lena Horne

So delighted that a postage stamp has been issued in her honor!

Jesse Sleet Scales:  1st African American Public Health Nurse

Black History:  Special Delivery!!

Jessie Sleet Scales (1865-1956)


Jesse Sleet Scales (1865-1956) was a native of Canada.  She was born in Stratford, Ontario.  Scales graduated from Provident Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago in 1895. Upon graduation, she moved to New York hoping to work in the field of public health.  She was denied employment because of her race even though there was a shortage of professionally trained nurses.  Scales finally found nursing employment in 1900 with the Charity Organization Society.  Continue reading “Jesse Sleet Scales:  1st African American Public Health Nurse”

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