Apr. 18, 2021
Mini Black History Lesson "James McCune Smith"
James McCune Smith was born 218 years ago on April 18, 1803. His life was seemingly full of contradictions because although he was fought his entire adult life for the abolition of slavery. This black man's children all lived in the shadows of an racist American society passing as white. Were his children either ashamed of their color or just plain tired of fighting uphill against the rising tide of a racist nation? One thing for certain James McCune Smith fought against that tide of racism for the abolition of slavery.
Even in the 1860 census prior to his death in 1865, James McCune Smith himself was categorized as white. Today I am going to spend a 1/2 hour on the highlights and lowlights of this remarkable black intellectual as The Blackman Who Reads Aloud reads the facts on the life of James McCune Smith, the first medically licensed trained black physician in the United States.