One of 1st black, female OB/GYNs not ...

One of 1st black, female OB/GYNs not stopping at 89 Artistic flair for pioneer doctor

There are 2 comments on the New York City's Hometown Newspaper - NY Daily News story from Jun 24, 2010, titled One of 1st black, female OB/GYNs not stopping at 89 Artistic flair for pioneer doctor. In it, New York City's Hometown Newspaper - NY Daily News reports that:

Josephine English, a practicing OB/GYN for more than 50 years, says that 'activity is what really keeps you going.' Josephine English, who turns 90 this year, didn't set out to be a trail-blazing doctor or businesswoman.

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Raineygurl

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Jun 24, 2010
I have known Dr. Enlish Since I was about 9 or 10 years old. I always felt comfortable with her and her staff at her office at 51 Linden Street between Broadway and Gates, in Brooklyn.

The office was walking distance from my home and on Broadway (a very commercial district) there was the Lowes Gates and The RKO Bushwick Theaters. I would usually go to one of them and Sloppy Joe's,(5 cent rootbeer and knishes!!!MMMM!, yes, i said cent!) which was across from the Bushwick or the pizza place next to the Gates.

More importantly than my childhood food and fun memories is that i always felt like i was with my mom when i was with her. Even years later as she struggled with some of tax issues, I still felt a level of connectedness to someone who looked like me, that gave me a desire to take care of her to the best of my ability as she did for me.

In a sort of village speak, she was one of those people, and quiet as it's kept,(as my dad would say) there were a few,who gave me an early opportunity to dream and to know that a Negro girl did not need permission to grow into a confident, educated, even professional Black woman.

I am so happy to have this opportunity to wave even a small banner in Dr. Josephine English's honor
Raineygurl

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Jun 24, 2010
Raineygurl wrote:
I have known Dr. Enlish Since I was about 9 or 10 years old. I always felt comfortable with her and her staff at her office at 51 Linden Street between Broadway and Bushwick Avenue, in Brooklyn.
The office was walking distance from my home and on Broadway (a very commercial district) there was the Lowes Gates and The RKO Bushwick Theaters. I would usually go to one of them and Sloppy Joe's,(5 cent rootbeer and knishes!!!MMMM!, yes, i said cent!) which was across from the Bushwick or the pizza place next to the Gates.
More importantly than my childhood food and fun memories is that i always felt like i was with my mom when i was with her. Even years later as she struggled with some of tax issues, I still felt a level of connectedness to someone who looked like me, that gave me a desire to take care of her to the best of my ability as she did for me.
In a sort of village speak, she was one of those people, and quiet as it's kept,(as my dad would say) there were a few,who gave me an early opportunity to dream and to know that a Negro girl did not need permission to grow into a confident, educated, even professional Black woman.
I am so happy to have this opportunity to wave even a small banner in Dr. Josephine English's honor
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