Category Archives: African-Americans

Black History Month: Dr. James McCune Smith

I’ve been helping out a friend who discovered she is related to Dr. James McCune Smith ( Smith was the first African American to receive a degree in Medicine and was as prominent in the anti-slavery movement as his contemporary Frederick Douglass. The relationship to this historic leader was just about lost for all time… after Smith’s death in 1865 his family chose to “pass” as white and until recently were completely unaware of their heritage or connection to a truly fascinating figure. Check out the video below of actor Danny Glover portraying Dr. Smith. Click the red triangle at the bottom of the video box to start. [youtube=]