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was born in Chicago, Illinois, one of four children of physician Henry N. Cress and educator Ida Mae Griffen. Welsing and her three siblings were raised on Chicago’s Southside. Her teachers at Douglass Elementary School had a profound impact on her development and her high school teachers’ persistent emphasis on black achievement inspired her to serve her community. In 1957 Welsing received her B.S. degree from Antioch College located in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She met and eventually married Johannes Kramer Welsing while enrolled at Howard University Medical School during 1961. Welsing graduated from Howard in 1962. Following graduation, Welsing engaged in a combination of internships, residencies, and fellowships at various hospitals from 1962 to 1968.

By 1968 Welsing started a teaching career at Howard University as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry She specialized in mental health and adolescent psychiatry On campus she distinguished ...


Isaac Kramnick

pediatric psychiatrist, was born Margaret Morgan in New York City, the daughter of the Reverend Sandy Alonzo Morgan, an Episcopal priest, and Mary E. Smith, a schoolteacher. Mistrusting segregated southern hospitals, the Morgans temporarily moved from Virginia to Harlem in 1914, living with Morgan's aunt so that their child could be born in New York. Morgan's childhood, however, was spent primarily in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where her father's next congregation was located. She grew up a precocious child, reading at three, and lived in a middle-class black neighborhood with her educated parents.

Every summer Morgan visited her aunts in Harlem and at the age of fourteen she decided she wanted to live with them so that she could go to a better high school She had decided to be a doctor she told people because her older brother had died in infancy before she was born and ...


Wilnise Jasmin

psychiatrist, administrator, and physician, was born Mildred Mitchell in Brunswick, Georgia, the daughter of a minister and registered nurse. At the age of 12, she volunteered for the Red Cross to care for those injured in a tornado that swept through her hometown of Cordele, Georgia. This experience as well as her love for science and her need to help people, greatly influenced her decision to pursue medicine. She attended Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina, from 1937 to 1939 and graduated from Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1941. She received her medical degree from Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1946 completed her internship and then became a general practitioner She was recruited as a staff physician while completing her internship at Lakin State Hospital a facility in West Virginia for mentally ill African Americans Her experience at Lakin brought ...


Amber Karlins

was born in Sandusky, Ohio. She was the oldest of seven children born to Godene (Anthony) Spurlock and Frank Spurlock.

Though she was born in Ohio, Jeanne was raised in Detroit. When she was nine years old, she broke her leg and was taken to the hospital. It was here that her interest in pursuing medicine was first sparked—not because she was interested in the science but because she was interested in providing future patients with a better bedside manner.

Though she was interested in medicine, it didn’t seem like a career path she could afford. She was offered a full scholarship to Spelman College in 1940, which she accepted, but despite working almost full-time while also taking courses, she found room and board to be too expensive, so she withdrew in 1942 and transferred to Roosevelt University. In 1943 she left Roosevelt a year later in order ...