Ferebee Family Legacy
Janice Ferebee is a native New Yorker now living in Washington, DC. Janice writes about the amazing women in her family to keep the FEREBEE FAMILY LEGACY alive. She is the daughter of Elliot (deceased) and Elizabeth Ferebee (deceased/member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority since 1943), one of the first African American families to move into the Incorporated Village of Westbury (Long Island), NY, in 1957. Her mother, a community activitist, PTA president, and special education professional, was her first role model and mentor.
She is also a relative (by marriage) of Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee - Public Health Pioneer, Trailblazing Black Female Physician (40+ years on faculty at Howard U.), Educator, Civil Rights and Social Justice Activist, International Humanitarian, and, Women, Children and Youth Advocate. Dr. Ferebee was also the confidant and personal physician to the National Council of Negro Women/NCNW founder, Mary McLeod Bethune, becoming the Second National President of NCNW; Fourth National VP of the Girl Scouts of the USA; (first African American woman to hold that position); Tenth International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., first Medical Director of AKA's Mississippi Health Project in Mound Bayou, MS, and, ninth past President of the Xi Omega Chapter of AKA in Washington, DC.; Former Chair of the DC Commission on the Status of Women (precursor to the DC Commission for Women) | now featured in the historic Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC).
Janice's current legacy project focuses on Dr. Ferebee. In spite of “life” happening to Dorothy Celeste Boulding Ferebee (as it does to us all), she created an impressive body of work as a champion for women and girls of color, and pioneer for female physicians of color, which became part of Janice's inspiration. Not only did Janice become an AKA Sorority and club woman, but, her global efforts align with Dorothy Ferebee's extraordinary work. It is this amazing woman’s fortitude and vision, along with her mother's powerful example, that Janice writes about, to make sure this FEREBEE FAMILY legacy is not lost, and to inspire today’s women and girls of color to start imagining and living their own legacies, to become the NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN WARRIORS!
MAKING SURE THAT BLACK WOMEN ARE THE KEEPERS OF THEIR OWN HISTORY & TELLERS OF THEIR OWN STORIES.