Dr. Ernestine Brown Small: Activist, Leader, Scholar

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Phoebe Ann Pollitt PhD, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: With intelligence, determination, and courage, Ernestine Brown Small, born into a family of rural sharecroppers in Northampton County, became the 34th President of NCNA. Small's parents were unable to finish high school because they had to work to help feed their families during the Great Depression. At age 16, Small completed all the education available to her in the segregated, 2-room schoolhouse in her Pleasant Hill community. With the encouragement of her teachers and family, Small was accepted into the BSN program at Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. After graduating at age 20, Small took a job at the segregated Moses Cone Hospital (MCH) in Greensboro, NC. That same year, 1963, the hospital was legally forced to integrate its facilities. Small was chosen by the administration to be the first African American to eat in the formerly all-white hospital cafeteria. This was one of her first acts promoting civil rights.

Additional Information

Pollitt P. (2022). Dr. Ernestine Brown Small: Activist, Leader, Scholar. Tar Heel Nurse. 2022;84(2):13. Publisher version of record available at: https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rzh&AN=155925598&site=eds-live&scope=site
Language: English
Date: 2022
Ernestine Brown Small, nursing, North Carolina, NC Board of Nursing (NCBON)

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