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Have You Heard of Alice Augusta Ball?

Black women’s history and autobiography writing (with volunteer help as needed) is especially emphasized in Phase III ofand all of #ProjectDoBetter.   

AFMS: Lets Talk About Everything, Sista to Sista

Yes, Leprosy was before our time! But if you have heard of it, you should have heard of Alice Augusta Ball. She was an American chemist who developed the “Ball Method”, the most effective treatment for leprosy during the early 20th century.

She was the first woman and first African American to receive a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii, and was also the university’s first female and African American chemistry professor. Alice was one of four children born into a middle class well to do family. Alice’s father was the editor of the newspaper Colored Citizens, a photographer and a lawyer. Her mother was also a photographer. Her grandfather, James Ball, Sr., was a famous photographer, and one of the first Black Americans to make use of daguerreotypy,[the process of printing photographs onto metal plates. Some researchers have suggested that her parents’…

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