Black Girl From Maryland Marks Her Spot In History

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, Black girl from Ghana is breaking glass ceilings on her 'Match day'.

We have heard about talented Black people who pioneered in science and business, but it’s surprising to hear that such a story is happening right now and maybe even next door. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is originally from Ghana but came to the United States at age 15. And on Friday she was announced to be the first Black woman to become a neurosurgery resident at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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Nancy studied biochemistry at Mount St. Mary’s University. She finished up her medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. On Facebook she called the match “an honor and a privilege.”



“I am very much interested in providing medical care in underserved settings, specifically surgical care. I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure,” the Black girl says.

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We are glad to join the chorus of congratulations Nancy is getting but there is an interesting question we would like to ask: how many institutions are there in 21st century America that haven’t yet had their first Black resident, and why do these still exist?

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