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Banks, Johnella Barksdale

(born: 1929  -  died: 1990) 

Johnella Barksdale Banks was born in Hopkinsville, KY, and grew up in Detroit, MI. She was a graduate of Wayne State University (BA), Provident Hospital School of Nursing (Chicago), Boston University (MA), and Catholic University (PhD) in Washington, D.C.

While living in Silver Spring, MD, Banks was on the  nursing faculty at Howard University. She is considered one of the African American nurses who achieved greatness: her career is included in the written history of Black nurses.

Banks served as president of the National Black Nurses Association of the Greater Washington Area. The Dr. Johnella Banks Memorial Scholarship was established in her honor, and the Johnella Banks Member Achievement Award is presented by the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc.

For more see "Johnella Banks, 61, Howard professor," The Washington Times, 12/12/1990, Metropolitan section, p. B4; and Johnella B. Banks in The Color of Healing; a history of the achievements of Black nurses, by B. F. Morton.

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NKAA Source: Washington times (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Color of healing: a history of the achievements of Black nurses

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