Today We Honor Dr.Josephine English
Dr. Josephine English was born on December 17, 1920 in Ontario, Virginia. She grew up in Englewood, New Jersey and earned her B.A. from New York City’s Hunter College in 1939. English went on to earn her M.A. in psychology from New York University. She became the first minority and the first woman to be awarded a license from the New York State Department of Health to develop a free-standing ambulatory surgical center.
In 1956 Dr. English moved to Brooklyn, and in 1958 she opened a women’s clinic on Bushwick Avenue. Over the years she has delivered thousands of babies including six daughters of Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X.
In 1980 she purchased a deserted church and converted it into The Paul Robeson Theater. Since then the Theater has produced works born of the creativity of community residents and visitors.
- CARTER Magazine