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The Black history I carry with me: Joanne Dorgilus

A Beautiful Resistance celebrates Black History Month

Joanne Dorgilus, a health and wellness coach in Boston.
Joanne Dorgilus, a health and wellness coach in Boston.file

A Beautiful Resistance is celebrating Black History Month by amplifying local stories of change-makers and the people inspired by them.

“My name is Joanne Dorgilus and I want to celebrate New England Black history by honoring Mildred Fay Jefferson, the first Black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. To honor her, I will continue my work in improving the health and wellness of Black women and children.”

Jefferson was also the first woman to be a general surgeon at Boston University Medical Center.

Joanne Dorgilus is a health and wellness coach in Boston.


Jeneé Osterheldt can be reached at jenee.osterheldt@globe.com and on Twitter @sincerelyjenee.