Lifestyles Archives

The Brief History of Black Doctors

February 18, 2021

History is recorded by those who have been in power; because of this, it should not be surprising that few data exist on the engagement of significant minorities in the medical field. According to Dr. Donald Wilson, writing in Lucas Patersthe Journal of the National Medical Association, the first African physician in the colonies was… [Read More]

Madam C.J. Walker, the first Black American woman to be a self-made millionaire

February 11, 2021

Sarah Breedlove was born in Delta, La., on Dec. 23, 1867. She was the daughter of Owen and Minerva Anderson Breedlove. Both had formerly been enslaved. She was an orphan by the age of 7 and moved in with her older sister. At the age of 14, Sarah married Moses McWilliams. She maintained that she… [Read More]

True Stories of Black History that inspire

February 11, 2021

Black History was the brainchild of historian Carter G. Woodson. Since 1976, the month of February has been officially designated as Black History month. In my column, I will share a list of books from my late husband’s personal library. Nathan was an avid reader. He enjoyed reading about the contributions and achievements of His… [Read More]

Landscape by 19th century Black abolitionist painter given to President Biden as inaugural gift

February 4, 2021

Alongside two U.S. flags and a pair of commemorative vases, newly swornin President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris received an artwork as a gift: Robert S. Duncanson’s Landscape with Rainbow, an 1859 painting on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, D.C. Roy Blunt, a Republican senator from Missouri, called… [Read More]

National Gallery hires Kanitra Fletcher as its first curator of African American Art

February 4, 2021

Kanitra Fletcher, an associate curator at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Houston in Texas, has been hired as the first-ever curator of African American art at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. She started as the museum’s associate curator of African American and Afro-Diasporic art on February 1, and will oversee… [Read More]

‘I Have A Dream’ – address at The March on Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963

January 21, 2021

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope… [Read More]

Harris will be the first female, Black and Asian vice president, but not the first vice president of color

January 21, 2021

Vice President Kamala D. Harris is a trailblazer in many ways. She is the first female vice president, the first Black vice president, the first South Asian vice president, and, perhaps, the first vice president to sport Chuck Taylors. But, as some have mistakenly claimed, she is not the first multiracial vice president or the… [Read More]

Three important lessons we can learn from Dr. King’s legacy

January 14, 2021

Exactly 91 years ago to the day, a child was born in Atlanta, Georgia named Michael King, Jr., who would change the world. His father would eventually change his name in honor of the German leader of the Protestant Reformation, and it was by that name – Martin Luther King, Jr. – that the world… [Read More]

Start Your Seasonal Celebration with Small Bites

November 26, 2020

While main courses, sides and desserts may be what holiday memories are made of, you can calm family members’ and guests’ appetites with an array of appetizers like these: Meatballs Stuffed mushrooms Stuffed peppers Sliced cheese Sliced meats Crackers Spinach dip Cheesy bread Sliders Little smokies Fresh fruit and vegetables

How to celebrate Thanksgiving safely in your senior living community in 2020

November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving is going to look a little different this year. To keep COVID-19 transmission at bay, families will likely opt for smaller gatherings (and smaller turkeys) instead of the customary large get-togethers with relatives who’ve flown in from across the country. Unfortunately, this means that many seniors, who are at a heightened risk of developing… [Read More]