Known as the "Grandmother of the American Civil Rights Movement," Septima Poinsette Clark was an educator and civil rights activist. She began teaching on Johns Island in South Carolina, unable to teach in public schools as a black woman. Her own experien
Dorothy Lavinia Brown Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown (January 7, 1919 – June 13, 2004), also known as "Dr. D.", was an African American surgeon, legislator, and teacher. She was the first female surgeon of African American ancestry from the Southeastern United States. She was also the first African American to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly having been elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives.