For the fifth time an African-American has been named US Surgeon General. And for the fifth time, that African-American is an HBCU alum. Hampton alum, Sylvia Trent-Adams, was named acting attorney general, becoming the first non-physician to hold this position; Trent-Adams is a nurse. She earned a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Maryland.
Trent-Adams follows four other African-Americans in this role. The first, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, was an alum of Philander Smith College. She served under Bill Clinton. Elders was succeeded by Spelman and Meharry alum, Audrey Manley, who was named acting Surgeon General. Morehouse alum, David Satcher, became the first (and only) black man to serve as US Surgeon General and was appointed by Bill Clinton and continued to serve under George W. Bush. Regina Benjamin, a Xavier and Morehouse School of Medicine alum, was appointed to the position by Barack Obama.
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