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“Her father, Dr. Louis T. Wright, was among the first black graduates of Harvard Medical School and was reported to be the first black doctor appointed to the staff of a New York City hospital. His father was an early graduate of what became the Meharry Medical College, the first medical school in the South for African-Americans, founded in Nashville in 1876.”

And while Dr. Jane C. Wright wanted to study art when first entering college, at the urging of her father, she too pursued medicine and became “a pioneering oncologist who helped elevate chemotherapy from a last resort for cancer patients to an often viable treatment option.”

Her work was so respected that in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed her to the President’s Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke.

Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/…/jane-c-wright-pioneering-oncologis…https://cfmedicine.nlm.nih.gov/physicians/biography_336.htmlhttps://www.jax.org/…/2016/nov…/women-in-science-jane-wright

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