She Can Bring Us Home

She Can Bring Us Home

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Long before it became the slogan of the presidential campaign for Barack Obama, Dorothy Ferebee (1898a€“1980) lived by the motto YES, WE CAN. An African American obstetrician and civil rights activist from Washington DC, she was descended from lawyers, journalists, politicians, and a judge. At a time when African Americans faced Jim Crow segregation, desperate poverty, and lynch mobs, she advised presidents on civil rights and assisted foreign governments on public health issues. Though articulate, visionary, talented, and skillful at managing her publicity, she was also tragically flawed. Ferebee was president of the Alpha Kappa Alpha black service sorority and later became the president of the powerful National Council of Negro Women in the nascent civil rights era. She stood up to gun-toting plantation owners to bring health care to sharecroppers through her Mississippi Health Project during the Great Depression. A household name in black America for forty years, Ferebee was also the media darling of the thriving black press. Ironically, her fame and relevance faded as African Americans achieved the political power for which she had fought. In She Can Bring Us Home, Diane Kiesel tells Ferebeea€™s extraordinary story of struggle and personal sacrifice to a new generation.1930 U.S. Census (Charles F. Goodloe),, accessed December 20, 2014. W. Montague Cobb, a€œA Short History of Freedmena#39;s Hospital , a€ Journal of the National Medical Association 54.3 (1962): ... August 8, 1921, in Report of the Freedmena#39;s Hospital to the Secretary of the Interior for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1921 (Washington ... 1931; a€œTurkey Day Calendar in Washington Brimming with Festive Holiday Glory; Annual Howard-Lincoln Football Game Will Beanbsp;...

Title:She Can Bring Us Home
Author:Diane Kiesel
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2015-08-15


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