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Dr. Myra Adele Logan: First Woman To Perform Open Heart Surgery

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Dr. Myra A. Logan (1908-1977) made history in 1943 by becoming the first woman to operate on a human heart. Logan was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her father was the treasurer of Tuskegee Institute. Her mother was well known suffragist and health care advocate. Her mother also had a college degree, which would have been rare at that time. Logan earned an MS in psychology from Columbia University. She then was awarded a scholarship to attend New York Medical College. She graduated in 1933 and completed an internship at Harlem Hospital in the emergency room. Continue reading “Dr. Myra Adele Logan: First Woman To Perform Open Heart Surgery”

Shirley Chisholm Quote

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“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

-Shirley Chisholm

Tour For Diversity In Medicine: Encouraging Minority Students To Pursue Medical Careers

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Dr. Kameron Matthews (Right) and Dr. Alden Landry (left)

Dr. Kameron Matthews and Dr. Alden Landry are cofounders of “Tour For Diversity in Medicine”. Twice per year, doctors travel the country by bus visiting selected high schools, colleges, and universities to encourage students of color to pursue careers in health professions. Tour For Diversity in Medicine was launched in 2011. Dr. Matthews recalls that one day she and Dr. Landry were on the phone and asked themselves, “Why don’t we just get on the bus? Instead of students coming to see us, because not all students have that capability all the time, why don’t we go see them?” And that’s exactly what they are doing today. In addition to having doctors, the organization also has medical students who serve as mentors participate in the tour. The mission of the organization is: To educate, inspire and cultivate future physicians and dentists of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds by forming local connections in order to fulfill a national need”

The bus tour consists of 15-20 minority doctors all of whom volunteer to visit different schools twice per year. They share their personal experiences and insights to encourage students of color to consider health careers. 2014 was a milestone year for enrollment of students in color in medical schools. At each stop on the tour students are engaged in a full day workshop that shares info about how to apply for medical school, admissions testing, financial aid, interviewing skills, as well as info on health disparities. More than 2,000 students have been reached through the tours. Though most of the info students need can be found online, the goal of the tour is to help students develop relationships that would inspire them to pursue a medical career.

The 2015 Fall Tour kicks off on October 22. The tour will visit Portland State University, Washington State University and University of Washington, Kudos to Dr. Matthews and Dr. Landry for taking their show on the road to inspire young people of color!


Did you catch yesterday’s Black Mail post?  Click the link below to view yesterdays post featuring Edith Sampson, the first African American female judge to be elected by popular vote and the first African American to be a representative to the United Nations.

Sphinx Orchestra: Changing The Face of Classical Music

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Sphinx is a national non-profit organization, headquartered in Detroit, MI. It was founded by Dr. Aaron Dworkin and Carrie Chester. The organization was founded when both were students at U of M.  Dr. Dworkin, who started playing the violin as a child often noticed that few performers or audience members were people of color.

Dr. Aaron Dworkin
Dr. Aaron Dworkin

Seeking to create more diversity in the field of classical music, Sphinx was founded. Sphinx held its inaugural “Sphinx Competition” in 1998. The competition gives opportunities for young musicians of color to compete, receive mentorship and education from nationally acclaimed musicians.  Sphinx also provides the Sphinx Overture Program which offers free violin lessons to students in underserved communities. Also offered is the Sphinx Performance Academy a summer chamber music program for Black and Latino musicians ages 12-17. Sphinx is committed to transforming lives through increasing diversity in the arts. The organization has made some impressive inroads in the field of classical music. In its first 10 years, according to the League of American Orchestras, orchestras that were part of their membership that reported an increase in diversity of people of color had some relationship with the Sphinx Organization. Sphinx also reports that their graduates are represented at all of the top 10 music schools in the U.S. Sphinx is constantly working toward fulfilling its mission of transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.

Click on the link below to see a short video about Sphinx:

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