Hallie Quinn Brown, the First Black Speech Language Pathologist.
Hallie Quinn Brown was an African-American author, educator, evolving literacy and speaking coach and an equal rights advocate of African-Americans and women during the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. Stated differently, she was a speechlanguage pathologist who served as a stellar diagnostician and interventionist of speech, language and literacy issues exhibited by the people of her time. She also was a powerful orator, and used her highly sought after speaking skills to promote social justice for the underrepresented and underserved! By Hallie Quinn Brown’s willingness to bend down and lift us up on her back, we are better able to see and embrace where we have been, where we are and where we are going as communication sciences and disorders professionals, and as a people. All we need to do is to look, consider and be wise. Submitted by NBASLH members Carolyn M. Mayo, PhD, CCC-SLP and Robert Mayo, PhD, CCC-SLP