By S-Dot for The S-Dot Files
As we come to another February which is set aside as "Black History Month" each year, I think it's vitally important that we not just look back and reflect on unsung heroes/sheroes of yesteryear. It is equally important that we acknowledge the continuing efforts of those committed to growth and development of Black people right here, right now.
DR. FRANCES CRESS WELSING
Born in Chicago on March 18, 1935, this third generation physician practices general and child psychiatry in Washington, DC specializing in behavioral science rooted in her “Cress Theory of Color Confrontation” which is explored in her must-read book “The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (1991).”
The brilliant Dr. Welsing shared in the Isis Papers, "Racism (white supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined; which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action, and emotional response, as conducted, simultaneously in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war); for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet Earth - a planet upon which the vast and overwhelming majority of people are classified as nonwhite (black, brown, red and yellow) by white skinned people, and all of the nonwhite people are genetically dominant (in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetic recessive white skin people."
Neely Fuller Jr., Dr. Frances Cress Welsing & Dr. Na'im Akbar (Pictured left to right)
She began her career at Cook County Hospital as an intern (1962-63); then became a resident in general psychiatry at St. Elizabeth Hospital (1963-66); advanced to a fellowship child psychiatry at Children's Hospital (1966-68); and entered private practice in general and child psychiatry in Washington, DC in 1966; served as assistant professor of pediatrics at Howard University College of Medicine (1968-75); clinical director at Hillcrest Children's Center (1975-76); affiliated with Paul Robeson School for Growth and Development, North Community Mental Health Center, Washington, DC, (1976-90).
(((sDOTtv))) now playing Dr. Frances Cress Welsing"Black Mental Health"
Dr. Welsing has appeared in the critically-acclaimed documentaries “500 Years Later (2005)”and “Hidden Colors: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent (2011)” sharing her insights on the color consciousness impact on the world’s mass oppressive social hierarchy. She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows; been invited as a lecturer on numerous campuses and remains a vibrant advocate for global justice.