Sharon Brangman & Jenna Lester

Recorded January 26, 2018 Archived January 26, 2018 02:42 minutes
Languages: N/A
Id: APP462997


"My earliest memory is when you came to the first-grade classroom to dissect cow hearts."

Dr. Jenna Lester comes from a family of African-American women who have dedicated their lives to medicine. Her grandmother, Ruby Brangman, became a nurse practitioner during the 1970s. At that time, Ruby was one of the first black women in her profession in New York state.

A generation later, Jenna’s mother, Sharon Brangman, became a doctor. Sharon says it was her own mother’s determination that set her on that path.

Produced and recorded by StoryCorps. Originally aired January 26, 2018, on NPR’s Morning Edition.


  • Jenna Lester
  • Sharon Brangman