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Donna Christian-Christensen, who was formerly known while in office as Donna Christian-Green, comes from a family of public servants. Her father, Almeric L. Christian, was a Virgin Islands chief district court judge, and her paternal grandmother, Elena L. Christian, was an educator in the Virgin Islands. Christian-Christensen graduated with a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College in Indiana and earned a medical degree at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After a medical career of more than twenty years, she entered politics as vice chairperson of the U.S. Virgin Islands Democratic Territorial Committee in 1980. She subsequently served on the U.S. Virgin Islands Board of Education and the U.S. Virgin Islands Status Commission. In 1996 Christian-Christensen became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the U.S. Virgin Islands. She was reelected in subsequent elections.


Dorsia Smith Silva

physician, politician, and delegate to the U.S. Congress, was born Donna Marie Christian in Teaneck, New Jersey, to Virginia Sterling Christian and retired Chief District Court Judge Almeric L. Christian, from St. Croix. Christian-Christensen's parents wanted their daughter to understand her cultural connections to the Virgin Islands, so she spent part of her adolescence in St. Croix. This time in St. Croix had a profound influence on Christian-Christensen's career and commitment to helping others.

Christian-Christensen returned to the United States to graduate from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where she earned a B.S. degree in 1966. After reading a United Negro College Fund booklet about the lack of minorities in health care, she decided to enter the medical field. She attended George Washington University Medical School and earned an M.D. degree in 1970. From 1970 to 1971 Christian Christensen worked an as ...


Kenneth Wiggins Porter

Born in Tennessee, Jacob Green Currin (or Curran) went to Kansas about 1877. He was part of the great Exoduster movement of Southern blacks emigrating North in search of freedom and opportunity. By 1883 he was living in Topeka, Kansas, where in 1885 he was a member of the police department. In 1888 he was the Republican nominee for police judge, but despite the city's Republican majority of 1,500, he and two other black Republican candidates were defeated.

This defeat seems to have turned Currin's thoughts from Kansas to Oklahoma. He participated in the great land rush of April 22, 1889, and was successful in obtaining a claim in Kingfisher County. In July he was elected vice president of the Oklahoma Immigration Association of Topeka, which supported the plans of Republican politician and prospector E. P. McCabe for black colonization of the Cherokee Strip an area ...