Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly revealed that black women working at NASA during the era of segregation helped put the first man in space. The incredible story left us wondering: What else don’t we know? Historians have left out the stellar achievements of women, especially women of color. Such important pieces of history should no longer be overlooked.
Oprah Winfrey’s new imprint is working to change this. Her new imprint, An Opran Book, which launched in 2015, will publish The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis by Maria Smilios. Smilios tells the true story of over 300 black nurses who were hired in 1929 when all of the other nurses quit during a Tuberculosis outbreak.
According to Writers Write Entertainment;
At Seaview, the 2000 bed Staten Island TB sanatorium, the patients were left in the lurch when the white nurses staged a walk out. A national call was put out for “colored Nurses.” Thrilled with the chance to work at a top hospital, with free housing and no segregation, these 300 women went to work in a very high risk environment. In 1929 there were no antibiotics to treat TB. It wasn’t until 1944 that streptomycin was used to combat the disease. Today, multiple antibiotics are used to treat TB.
The Black Angels will release in 2018.
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