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via BlackDoctor:

Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, the first black woman to join the U.S. Coast Guard, a professor at Fordham University and one of the last known survivors of the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921, died the day before Thanksgiving at age 103 in White Plains, N.Y.

The U.S. Coast Guard shared its condolences for one of its own:

“It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of Dr. Olivia Hooker, 103, a pioneer in the history of women & minorities in the @USCG & the Nation. On behalf of the #USCG, we’d like to extend our sincere condolences to Dr. Hooker’s family.

Hooker lived in the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa Oklahoma, also known as Black Wall Street, which was home to thriving Black-owned businesses and over 10,000 well-to-do Black families. It was one of the most prominent concentrations of African-American businesses in the United States during the early 20th century.

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