Women's History Month Event

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Join in a special Women’s History Month reading and meet & greet with author Dr. Yvonne Thornton. Reading excerpts from her memoirs, The Ditchdigger’s Daughters and Something To Prove.

Dr. Thornton is a medical pioneer and the first African-American woman to become a nationally certified high-risk obstetrician.

In the first story, The Ditchdigger’s Daughters, hear about how her parents – a manual laborer and housekeeper – built a home with their own two hands to get their five daughters out of the projects, formed a family band to pay for tuition, and did everything they could to help Yvonne and her sisters become doctors. There were plenty of adventures along the way, including playing at the Apollo Theater on the same bill as Fats Domino, but hard work, family and education were the cornerstones of their fascinating story.

The second story Something To Prove picks up where the first memoir left off with the passing of Yvonne’s beloved father, Donald Thornton, and the beginning of Yvonne’s career as an assistant professor at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. It was there that Dr. Thornton established and developed the program for a new form of early prenatal diagnostic testing known as CVS (chorionic villus sampling) that is in common use today.

Due to popular demand we recommend arriving early to W.O.R.D UP! as seating is on first-come, first-served basis.

W.O.R.D. UP! Words of Real Distinction Reading Series –featuring author Dr. Yvonne Thornton

Saturday, March 26


All ages.


145 Brooklyn Avenue



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