Final week in black history:

Matthew Walker, Sr.  was a real trailblazer in establishing Matthew Center Comprehensive Health Center – the first qualified health center in the state of Tennessee.  The center was also the first accreditation by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Hospitals in 1984.

President Barack Hussein Obama as we all know made history by becoming the first African American President of the United States.  Along with many other firsts for him, He is also the first President to pass a universal health insurance – the Affordable Healthcare Act.  Whether you’re for it or against, it was officially signed into law in 2010.

Bessie Blount Griffin – Her work as a physical therapist during World War II inspired her to patent a device that allows amputees to feed themselves.  The American Veterans Administration did not accept her invention, so she eventually donated her rights to the device to the French who were interested in the device.  She later become a forensic scientist after furthering her career in law enforcement in 1969.  She moved up quickly in the ranks and was sent to train and work at the Scotland Yard in England where she again was the first African American there.  Later, being turned down to work for the FBI, she operated her own business as a forensic scientist consultant where she operated the business until 83 years of age.


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