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Meet Dr Susan Smith McKinney, The First African-American Woman to Earn A Medical Degree in New York and the 3rd in the US

Dr Susan Smith McKinney is one of many first African-Americans, whose names are worth remembering this month.

Dr Susan Smith McKinney was born in Weeksville, Brooklyn, N.Y., in March 1847.  In 1867 she switched her focus from music to medicine and enrolled at the New York Medical College for Women.



She got her medical degree in 1870 becoming the first African-American woman to earn a medical degree in New York state and the third in the U.S.




Smith McKinney was treating people fro 48 years, she co-founded the Brooklyn Women’s Homeopathic Hospital and Dispensary for the African-American community and obtained a postgraduate degree.


It’s impossible to imagine how many Black lives were saved with the help of this incredible woman. At the time when there were very few reasons to treat a Black person and these reasons were mostly related to saving someone’s property, she devoted all her life to showing that Black Lives Matter.


Written by How Africa

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