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Ferguson, David Arthur  

Elvatrice Parker Belsches

dentist, dental and medical organizational leader, hospital founder, and author, was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, the oldest of the six children of William B. Ferguson and Cornelia Taylor Ferguson. William Ferguson was a noted educator in Portsmouth, Ohio, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and at the Christiansburg Industrial Institute in Virginia. David's brother George R. Ferguson, MD, served as assistant secretary for the National Medical Association (NMA), and his nephew William Ferguson Reid, MD, was the first African American elected to the Virginia legislature in the twentieth century.

In 1885 William Ferguson moved his family to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where David Ferguson completed grammar school and embarked upon the first of two invaluable dentistry apprenticeships. In 1889 Ferguson began apprenticing for the white dentist Dr. E. T. Barr for whom he worked until shortly before returning to Portsmouth Ohio to enter high school ...


Somerville, John Alexander  

J. D. Bowers

civil rights activist, religious pioneer, dentist, and investor, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, the youngest son of Thomas Gustavius Somerville, an Anglican minister. Little is known about his mother. He was educated in the Jamaican public schools, where he learned that social status and racial attitudes often triumphed over equality, and between 1897 and 1900 he attended and graduated from Mico College in Kingston with a teaching degree.

Rather than strain against the prevailing practices, Somerville left home for the United States in December 1901 at age nineteen in the company of a childhood friend seeking both adventure and a future devoid of racial intolerance Arriving in San Francisco with some money from his father Somerville quickly settled in Los Angeles a city whose prospects he considered promising Even in Los Angeles however he felt the pangs of America s racial prejudice He was ...


Somerville, Vada Watson  

Amber Karlins

was born in Pomona, California to Dora Watson McDonald. One of seven children, Vada grew up in Los Angeles, where she attended public school. Though it was extremely rare for a woman, particularly a Black woman, to attend college during this time period, after graduating from high school, Vada was awarded a scholarship from the Los Angeles Times, which made it possible for her to go on to attend the University of Southern California (USC).

Watson enrolled at USC in 1903 where she studied liberal arts However after three years of study she dropped out and took a job as a telephone operator at the Hershey Arms an extremely upscale hotel in Southern California Watson was a hard worker and that combined with her obvious intelligence meant she did not stay a telephone operator for long She was quickly promoted to bookkeeper and began also taking on several ...