This season Jodie Whittaker became the first woman to be assigned the title role when she was announced as the thirteenth doctor. HBO premiered Sunday night and opened with a flashback to the Tulsa Race Massacre. Which airs Sundays on BBC One and BBC AMERICA at 8 p.m. That woman was Rebecca Lee Crumpler.
Living from 1830 to 1895, Rebecca was a highly praised nurse, physician, and medical author. DOCTOR Who made waves last month when Jo Martin made her debut as the first female black doctor in history. Ncuti Gatwa embarks on an exciting journey as Jodie Whittaker's successor in Doctor Who. Rebecca Crumpler was the first black woman in the United States to earn a medical degree in 1864, even before the end of the Civil War.
Jenkins was the first black president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and also the first black president of the Society of Adolescent Medicine. She also created the discipline of community ophthalmology and, in 1983, became the first woman to preside over an ophthalmology residency in the United States. She was the medical director of the Mississippi Health Project, bringing state and federal resources to impoverished Black communities in the rural South during the Great Depression. After the North won the Civil War, the Freedoms' Office was established in 1865 to help rebuild the South by providing services and aid to blacks who had been recently enslaved.
Brown was the first black surgeon in the South and the first black woman to be appointed a member of the American College of Surgeons. More than 150 years ago, a young woman breathed easy and walked the stage to accept her diploma from the New England Women's Medical College. South-Paul became the first woman and the first black person to chair the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Elders was the first person in the state of Arkansas to be certified in pediatric endocrinology, the fifteenth general surgeon in the United States, and the second woman to head the United States Public Health Service.
Finally, there was Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), the openly gay black companion, who died temporarily, became a Cyberman, and greeted off-screen after his girlfriend saves her, all in a relatively short order. The black combat pants and boots point to a Doctor accustomed to fighting and call for the costume of the Twelfth Doctor. She went on to become the first black woman to chair an academic department of pathology in the United States and the first full-time director of the Office of Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health. The only black face in a white sea, this woman shook the hand of her supervising doctor, grabbed the precious scroll and thus began a historic career as a doctor of medicine, the first black doctor in the history of the United States.
Part of the reason for the growing demand was due to the uneven history of blacks who presented themselves as Companions to the Doctor since the revival of the series. Manley was appointed Assistant Surgeon General in 1988, the first black woman to hold such a position in the United States Public Health Service.