Mary Seacole

Many people know and recognize the name Florence Nightingale and recognize her as the founder of modern nursing. And, while she did some amazing things for the field of nursing there was another woman who many argue was actually the first nurse practitioner, largely forgotten by history. 

This week, Hailee is bewitched with Mary Seacole, a British-Jamaican nurse and businesswoman and one of the pioneers of modern nursing. 

Also mentioned in this episode: the extremely problematic “tip line” created by the Governor ofVirginia to have its citizens spy on school teachers and turn them into the government. If you would like to flood this tip line, the email is


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  • Non Fiction
    • Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole
    • Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield by Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Fiction
    • The rose of Sebastopol by Katherine McMahon
    • The wonder by Emma Donahugh 
  • Hailee’s favorite children’s and YA books by Black creators: 
    • The March series of graphic novels written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell
    • The Hate u Give by Angie Thomas
    • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
    • Punching the Air by Ibi Zaboi and Yusef Salaam**
    • Sulwe by Lupita Nyongo
    • The Lola books by Anna McQuinn
    • The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson which was the winner of the caldecott medal
    • I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C James
    • Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

** Hailee incorrectly stated the co-author of Punching the Air, Yosef Salaam, was part of the individuals called the Central Park Four by the media. It is, however, the Central Park Five now, thankfully, the Exonerated Five! I apologize!

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