Black History Month

Dear LHSON Faculty, Staff and Students,

Happy Black History Month! February marks the time of year when we intentionally recognize and honor African Americans for their valuable place in our history, culture, society, and especially the nursing profession. 

An online article by Molly Mattison titled, “A Celebration of 14 Famous Black Nurses in History” respectfully highlighted Texas Rep. (retired) Eddie Bernice Johnson for her incredible professional legacy. Ms. Johnson was the first female African American chief psychiatric nurse at the VA Hospital in Dallas. K. Shirley (2019) published, “Exploring the 10 percent: Why Black nurses are imperative,” and summarized why African American nurses are more likely to serve underrepresented populations, offer improvements within the healthcare culture, reduce health disparities, and ultimately improve the overall health care for all patients.

On behalf of the LHSON Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) and in the spirit of Black History Month, we are also proud to honor an African American nurse and LHSON alum who truly models the Learn, Lead, Serve motto of the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Join me in celebrating Tobi Adeleye, RN (pictured below). She currently works at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Operating Room and is also working towards completing her Certified Perioperative Nurse certification in March. Sic’Em Bears!


Lisa M. Jones, DNP, MPH, RN
Associate Dean for Pre-Licensure Program
Clinical Assistant Professor 
Louise Herrington School of Nursing
Baylor University
333 North Washington Avenue, Dallas, TX 75246-1754
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