Balm in Gilead: Journey of a Healer

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With the objectivity and insight of a scholar, the compassion and curiosity of an educator, and the love and admiration of a daughter, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot recounts the extraordinary life of her mother, Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence, one of the first African-American women to graduate from Cornell University and Columbia University School of Medicine to become a physician. Born in 1914, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, she was the only child of an Episcopalian minister and was raised in the protected environment of ...
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With the objectivity and insight of a scholar, the compassion and curiosity of an educator, and the love and admiration of a daughter, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot recounts the extraordinary life of her mother, Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence, one of the first African-American women to graduate from Cornell University and Columbia University School of Medicine to become a physician. Born in 1914, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, she was the only child of an Episcopalian minister and was raised in the protected environment of the middle class. Margaret's journey began as a teenager when she traveled north to live in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance and found herself under the strong influence of the women in her mother's family, who helped her find conviction in her dreams. After graduating from medical school at Columbia, she went on to become a mother and an activist, and to establish a brilliant career as a child psychiatrist in New York. Balm in Gilead captures both the life of an inspiring woman and the social, cultural, historical, and psychological forces that shaped the destinies of four generations of African-American women and their families.

With the objectivity and insight of a scholar and the love and admiration of a daughter, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot recounts the extraordinary life of her mother, Dr. Margaret Morgan-Lawrence, one of the first African-American women to graduate from both Cornell University and Columbia University's School of Medicine to become a physician. 22 pages of photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``In telling the story of her mother, Margaret Lawrence, one of the first black psychoanalysts, Harvard education professor Lightfoot charts a generational history within the parameters of the racial history of the United States,'' said PW , calling this ``a candid illumination devoid of rancor.'' Photos. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140249675
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/12/1995
  • Series: Radcliffe Biography Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    An Inspirational and Historical Tribute

    Sara Lawrence Lightfoot's moving tribute to the life of her mother should be required reading in schools across this country!This work allows the reader to view a side of African American life rarely revealed still at this point in our nation's development. Margaret Morgan Lawrence faced injustice and adversity with eloquence and grace and completed medical studies at one of the top schools in this country. Her stark brilliance remains unparralled. Lawrence Lightfoot also treats the reader to the loving realtionship which existed between her mother and father.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2000

    Terrific

    Beautifully written. A great reflection on family, race and culture. A unique picture of life in New York and America from days gone bye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2000

    Courage Amongst Adversity

    This book displays great perseverance, strength, and courage of one young African American women's fight against institutional racism. Ever since her little brother passed away, she wanted to become a doctor. She left her comfortable southern home and ventured into New York, where she became the second women doctor to graduate from Columbia.

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