"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.
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