From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Banks, Johnella Barksdale

(born: 1929  -  died: 1990) 

Johnella Barksdale Banks was born in Hopkinsville, KY, and grew up in Detroit, MI. She was a graduate of Wayne State University (BA), Provident Hospital School of Nursing (Chicago), Boston University (MA), and Catholic University (Ph.D.) in Washington, D.C. Johnella B. Banks was a nursing faculty member at Howard University and lived in Silver Spring, MD. She is considered one of the African American nurses who achieved greatness: her career is included in the written history of Black nurses. Banks was a past president of the National Black Nurses Association of the Greater Washington Area. The Johnella Banks Memorial Scholarship was named in her honor, and the Johnella Banks Member Achievement Award is presented by the Association of Black Nursing Faculty, Inc. For more see "Johnella Banks, 61, Howard professor," The Washington Times, 12/12/1990, Metropolitan section, p. B4; and Johnella B. Banks in The Color of Healing; a history of the achievements of Black nurses, by B. F. Morton.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Washington times (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Color of healing: a history of the achievements of Black nurses

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