Ferebee 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.


She is also the great-niece of Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee - Pioneering Black female Physician, Educator, Civil Rights & Social Justice Activist, International Humanitarian, and, Women, Children and Youth Advocate.  She 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; Tenth International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., first Medical Director of AKA's Mississippi Health Project in Mound Bayou, MS, and, 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 project focuses on her aunt, Dr. Ferebee.  In spite of “life” happening to Dorothy Boulding Ferebee (as it does to us all), she created an impressive body of work as a champion for Black women and girls, and pioneer for Black female physicians, which became part of Janice's inspiration. Not only did Janice become an AKA Sorority and club woman, but, her global efforts align with her aunt's extraordinary work.  It is this amazing woman’s fortitude and vision that Janice writes about to make sure her aunt's legacy is not lost, and, to inspire today’s multicultural women and girls to start imagining and living their own legacies, and, to #LiveLifeOutLoud! 



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