Muhammad Ali brushes a tear from his eye as he congratulates his sister-in-law Sandra Pickett Ali, on her graduation from nursing school in Chicago Oct. 3, 1966. Her husband, Ali's brother, Rahaman, smiles happily at the commencement exercises. UPI
Provident Hospital and Training School was the first African American owned hospital in the United States. The hospital was opened because a young black woProvident Hospital and Training School was the first African American owned hospital in the United States. The hospital was opened because a young black woman who was aspiring to become a nurse was turned down for admission to all Chicago’s nursing schools because of her race. After seeing what was happening, her brother, the Rev. Louis…
The Great Migration -- "Lydia Monroe of Ringold, Louisiana, is a student nurse at Provident Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Her father is a machinist at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company."Photo by Jack Delano, March, 1942
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams graduated from the Chicago Medical School in 1883, and was one of only four doctors african descent in Chicago. Dr. Williams founded the first African American hospital as well as the first nursing course for Blacks. He was the first cardiology surgeon to perform a successful heart surgery with the chest open with a positive result and after the patient recovered, he lived for another 20 years.