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Monday, November 14, 2011

Honor the First African-American Female General

Pictured: General Hazel Johnson-Brown

The National Nursing Network Organization is proud to join the American Nurses Association in support of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's resolution honoring the service and accomplishments of General Hazel Johnson-Brown.

Honor the First African-American Female General

“Race is an incidence of birth. I hope the criterion for selection didn’t include race but competence.”
General Hazel Johnson-Brown

Current Original Cosponsors: Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Barbara Lee, Madeleine Bordallo, Jessie L. Jackson, Jr., Yvette Clarke, Karen Bass, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Pedro Pierluisi, Marcia Fudge, Charles Rangel, James McGovern, Lamar Smith, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Robert E. Andrews, Steve Israel, Corrine Brown, Gregory W. Meeks, Frederica Wilson, Raul Grijalva, G. K. Butterfield, Hank Johnson, Emanuel Cleaver, Laura Richardson

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in paying tribute to Brigadier General Hazel Johnson-Brown, the first African-American woman to hold the rank of General in the U.S. Military Services and the first African-American to hold the position of Chief of the Army Nurse Corps.

Gen. Johnson-Brown received her nursing diploma in 1950 from the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing. Gen. Johnson-Brown had originally applied for admission at the West Chester School of Nursing, but was turned away because of her skin color. After receiving her nursing diploma, Gen. Johnson-Brown entered the U.S. Army where she became a pioneering military nurse. Despite facing adversity in the early stages of her career, Gen. Johnson-Brown quickly climbed the military ranks due to her keen leadership abilities and notable skills in the operating room. After a distinguished career in the Army, Gen. Johnson-Brown enjoyed a second career in academia founding and serving as director of the George Mason University Center for Health Policy.

I urge you to become an original cosponsor of this resolution which recognizes Gen. Johnson-Brown’s service to her country, as well as her contributions to the nursing profession. This effort is supported by the American Nurses Association. If you would like to cosponsor this resolution, contact Jamie Jackson at or 202-225-8885.


Eddie Bernice Johnson
Member of Congress

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Monday, November 14, 2011  

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