Hazel Johnson-Brown: Trailblazing Nurse

hazel-johnson-brownHazel Johnson-Brown was a nurse and educator, who served with the U.S. Army from 1955-1983. She became the first black female general in the United States Army and the first black chief of the Army Nurse Corps in 1979.  She was later promoted to brigadier general, that same year.

Brown was born in Pennsylvania, to a large family. Her interest in nursing developed young.  She applied to the West Chester School of Nursing, but was denied entry because she was African-American. Determined to pursue the field of nursing, she moved to New York City, and enrolled in the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. She graduated and worked at Harlem Hospital for three years.

Brown then moved back to Pennsylvania and worked at the medical cardiovascular ward at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital and became head nurse within three months. She worked, while completing her B.A. in nursing at Villanova University. While working at the VA, she became interested in the opportunities, and travel of working as a nurse in the Army.

hazel_johnson_brown_webBrown joined the army in 1955, right after President Harry Truman banned segregation and discrimination in the armed services. She was a staff nurse in Japan and Chief nurse in Korea. While in the Army, Gen. Johnson-Brown earned a master’s degree in nursing education from Columbia University in 1963. She also gained a doctorate in education administration from Catholic University of America in 1973, for Brown taught many incoming nurses into the army on procedures, and taught at Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing.

Brown receiving her doctorate.

Brown receiving her doctorate.

She later became dean and assistant at Walter Reed as well. From 1976-1978, Brown was Assistant Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing. In 1979 she became the first black female general in the United States Army and the first black chief of the Army Nurse Corps. Brown retired from the Army Nurse Corps in 1983. However, she remained enormously active on nursing’s national stage as a mentor, teacher and advocate.

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Brown receiving her promotion to general.

Hazel Winifred Johnson-Brown, was a true trailblazer. She has helped usher in nursing opportunities for black women in the Armed forces with her accomplishments and hard work. Her tenacity never wavered for she was a chameleon, and blended into different facets of nursing. She never lost her desire to expand educationally and occupationally.  Discrimination did not stop her, She found ways to flourish and become better. Family, we must never lose our drive. We must be persistent in following our dreams. Nothing can stop you. We must let the power of our passion propel us into becoming skilled in our field. We are all great, and we can all become greater. The question is are you willing to do what needs to be done to achieve the greatness that is destined for you? ~Know Your Worth~ -M. Millie

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Class and Grace is Still In? Awaken Your Mind to It!

2-chainz-birthdayThis is sad, but true. Many of us women do not know our worth. This is the truth.

Many of us think that showing off our bodies, exploiting ourselves to unworthy individuals, and displaying our sacred fruits makes us important or wanted. NO!

Your body and forbidden fruits DO NOT QUANTIFY your worth. Ladies understand that your brains and the beauty of your heart are more important than your outer beauty.Respect comes when you respect yourself and understand that there is a fine line between sexy with confidence, and inappropriate and low self-esteem.

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A woman who knows her worth does not devalue herself for the attention or the affections of anyone. A woman who knows her worth knows that her inner beauty, heart, skills, brains coupled with her outer beauty will attract people. Your body is just one part of who you are. It is not your whole personality. Do not make your body so important that you ignore or forget who you really are, or create your confidence solely based on your body. Do not brainwash yourself to think that the only and best thing about you, is your body, That is not true.

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A woman who knows her worth does not need validation from anyone. She does not need a nod, or a compliment for she knows within herself that she is beautiful, and wonderful. She does not need others to confirm this for her. She knows that she shines.A woman that knows her worth, does not objectify herself. She does not entertain degradation. She has created within herself a plateau of grace and class.

You are worth more than facebook likes on your body. You are worth more than having your whole body exposed for cat calls. You are worth more than being grabbed by a man. You are worth more than being told you are sexy.

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We women all want to attract people who care about us for who we are. We all want to attract people who see the value in us, and love us genuinely. We do not want to attract people with ill intentions or who have their own agendas at mind.

Your womans liberation or freedom does not have to mean you have to lose your self-worth or respectability. Know that you are beautiful, amazing and have value outside of the baring of your flesh. You are a beautiful, worthy woman. Believe it ascend into it. ~Know Your Worth~ -M. Millie

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Every woman has been a whore before. Huh!

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A woman told me today that every woman has been a whore some time in her life. I was shocked, but I asked her to explain. She stated that every woman some time in her life has given her body and her emotions to at least one man or a few men who did not deserve her jewels or affections. She stated that every woman has at a time body and heart has been played with by a man who did not cherish them or see their value.

I can agree that many women have made the mistake of being involved sexually and emotionally with a man that did not know their worth, or truly care for them. Many of us have had negative experiences with men, when we were young, naive, or inexperienced. Some of us have been betrayed, lied to, etc. However, as I told this woman, I do not think making a mistake with a man one time or a few times makes you a whore. It makes the woman trusting, naive. It makes the woman, someone who made a mistake.

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I think that a woman spreading your body around without care to who is receiving it, and what emotional, physical and mental wear doing so could do to you, makes a woman who does not have understanding of her worth and virtue. I do not believe that woman should call themselves whores. We are not whores.

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We may make mistakes in who we give our bodies and love to. We may think that our worth is encapsulated in our sex, when it is not. We may be expressing our sexual freedom and appetites. However, the degradation used with words such as whore need to stop. We need to stop giving words power to control us, and shame us. We need to pinpoint the real issues in our lives and that we experience and solve them. Before we resort to bashing others and ourselves.

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Most importantly we women, we black women need to initiate our worth, and that we deserve love and greatness from our spouses. The lesson of knowing your worth must not only be taught, but it should be learned and practiced. Once we know our worth and what we should tolerate and accept less mistakes will be made, and less tears will be shed. ~Know Your Worth~ -M. Millie