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Historian Hine to lecture on health care activist Evans, March 6

Darlene Clark Hine, the John A. Hannah Professor of History at Michigan State University, will deliver a lecture titled "To Heal the Body, Mind and Soul: Dr. Matilda A. Evans of South Carolina, 1870-1935," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in McCosh 28.

Hine will explore the relationship of black women in the medical profession to the black church and the rise of health care activism in the decades prior to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Evans, who received her medical degree at the Women's Medical College in Philadelphia in 1897, practiced medicine for three decades in Columbia, S.C., specializing in the fields of surgery, obstetrics and gynecology. She devoted her career to mobilizing community and religious leaders to fight to make health care a civil right.

Hine has written widely on African-American history, particularly black women. The author and editor of more than 20 books, she most recently co-edited "The Harvard Guide to African-American History" and co-wrote "The African-American Odyssey, Volumes I and II."

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion and is a component of the center's Women and Religion in the African Diaspora project.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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