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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 ...


Rosalyn Mitchell Patterson

pediatrician, civil rights and community activist was born Otis Wesley Smith in Atlanta, Georgia, to Ralph Horatio Smith, a baker, and Gertrude Wyche Smith, a housekeeper. Smith's early life and his decision to become a physician were greatly influenced by the untimely death of his father following complications during surgery. Young Smith prayed for his father's recovery and promised he would become a physician for Atlanta's African American community.

Smith attended Booker T. Washington High School, the first public high school for African Americans in Atlanta. In high school Smith, an avid sports enthusiast, was only allowed to participate in boxing; however, his opportunities to participate in sports flourished when he entered Morehouse College as a freshman in 1943. He majored in biology and worked part time at the Butler Street Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) where he played basketball in the afternoon with Martin Luther ...