Dorothy Lavinia was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1914. She was placed in an orphanage in Troy, New York by her mother Edna just five months after birth. She lived there until she was 12. At 15 she ran away enrolling at the Troy High School, working for Mrs. Jarrrett.
After graduating from high school, she worked as a domestic helper attending Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1944, she studied medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She graduated third in her calls in 1949. She completed her residency in 1954 at the Hubbard Hospital. She died in Nashville, Tennessee in 2004, she was 90.
What you may not know about Dorothy Lavinia Brown is that she was the first female surgeon of African-American ancestry from the Southeastern United States, the first African-American female to serve in the Tennessee General Assembly and the first known single female in Tennessee to legally adopt a child. Not bad, not bad at all from a child left in an orphanage, now what’s your excuse?
Until tomorrow give someone the free gift of a smile