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Black Dental Medicine History

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Black History Month—Gallery 240 Project

"As part of Penn Dental Medicine’s Black History Month, the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) chapter hosted its annual celebration event on February 20, 2020. A special photography exhibit was developed for the event for the Gallery 240 Project, featuring 12 student portraits with accompanying bios and visionary statements. Fourth-year student Elaf Saeed (D’20) curated the exhibit with the photography by prosthodontics resident Dr. Stephen Cross (GD’20)."

Notable African Americans at Penn

The link above identifies some of Penn’s most notable African Americans along with their life dates, Penn degrees and connections, and major areas of achievement. Links are provided to their biographies or personal papers as they are found on the University Archives website.

A Look at Pioneering African Americans at Penn

The Daily Pennsylvanian presents a brief history of black students, faculty, and staff at Penn with information from the University Archives. 

(All information featured in the article is from the University Archives and Records Center.)

Pioneers at Penn 1740-1915

This chronological overview of the integration of women, ethnic Americans and International students at Penn was compiled and edited by Michael Franklin (College, 2008) under the supervision of Mark Frazier Lloyd, August 2007

Timeline of Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania

This chronological overview of the integration of women, ethnic Americans and International students at Penn was compiled and edited by Michael Franklin (College, 2008) under the supervision of Mark Frazier Lloyd, August 2007.

1740-present

 

"Black History Month must be more than just a month of remembrance; it should be a tribute to our history and reminder of the work that lies in the months and years ahead."

-Marty Meehan

 

A poster about the "Seven Dental Pioneers to celebrate this Black History Month". Robert Tanner Freeman (1869): First black graduate of a US Dental School (Harvard). Son of freed slaves. Dr. George F. Grant (1871): A trained dentist, he was the first black professor at Harvard. Invented the wooden golf tee. Dr. James Brister (1881): First minority graduate of Penn Dental and first black man to earn a degree from Penn. Dr. Robert F. Boyd (1887): Physician and dentist who was born a slave, earned his dental degree from Meharry. He was later the first president of the National Medical Assocation. Dr. Ida Gray Nelson (1890): First black woman to practice dentistry in the US. DR. Olive M. Henderson (1908): First black woman to graduate from Northwestern with a dental degree. Dr. Jeanne Sinkford (1975): First female dean of a dental school, at Howard University.

 

 

Databases and Tools for Research on African American History