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Modupe Labode

physician, was born Justina Laurena Warren in Knoxville, Illinois. Her parents were Melissa Brisco Warren and Pryor Warren; Melissa Warren's first marriage ended with the death of her husband, Ralph Alexander. When Justina was very young, the family moved to nearby Galesburg, Illinois. She was the seventh child in her family. Her mother was a nurse, which may have influenced Justina's early interest in medicine. Ford recalled that as a young girl she was so focused on becoming a doctor that she wove her passion for medicine into all of her activities. She played hospital, tended the ill, and even used her chores, such as dressing chickens, to study anatomy.

In December 1892 Justina Warren married the Fisk-educated Reverend John E. Ford. After her marriage, Justina Ford enrolled in Chicago's Hering Medical College, and graduated in 1899 She and her husband moved to Normal Alabama ...


Amber Karlins

was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Arthur O. and Hortense M. Lewis. Despite the fact that it was an exceptionally unusual career path for a young Black girl during this period, Agnes knew from an early age that she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up. When she was six years old, she broke her arm. The doctor who treated her was kind, and Agnes decided that she wanted and show that same kindness to other people.

Agnes was very bright and academically capable, and as a result, she had several college options to choose from. Ultimately, she decided on Fisk University and graduated magna cum laude from there in 1949 with a B S in Biology After college Agnes longed to go on to medical school but money was tight so she stepped away from her studies in hope of saving money She moved to Chicago ...