Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Remarkable Story

Nurse, Teacher, Singer and Pioneer. Esther McCready never skips her volunteer visits to the University of Maryland. McCready, a retired nurse and teacher, is now 78 and spends hours each month volunteering at the school's nursing museum in Baltimore, where her letter of admission from 60 years ago is preserved.

In 1949, when McCready was 18, she graduated from high school with honors and worked as an aide at Sinai Hospital. McCready's wish was to attend nursing school. She and a friend applied to all the nursing schools in the telephone book (they divided the alphabet and McCready took the second half). Of course, she fully disclosed to the schools that she was black.

McCready received an application from the University of Maryland, where the only black students accepted were in its law school. The other schools she applied to, wrote back saying that they did not allow "negroes."

Check out the full Baltimore Sun article to see how she went from nursing school in Baltimore to attending the Manhattan School of Music and ultimately singing on the Metropolitan Opera stage with Grace Bumbry and Simon Estes.

[Photo - Esther McCready poses with her photo at the nursing school museum. Baltimore Sun photo by Karl Merton Ferron]

1 comment:

Monique Jackson said...

What a long road to have travled, it's god blessing that Ms. McCready is still around to share her struggles and achievements. I would love to meet you in person, if god is willing. I will keep trying< I would love to give my blessings to you along with my two daughters. They are very excited about your accompolishments as a Black African American.

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