19 December 2019
The pioneering Black female psychoanalyst, Margaret Lawrence, has died at the age of 105
Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence was the first African American female psychoanalyst. She witnessed racism at its core and rose to be an expert on children’s mental health disorders in the US.
According to the New York Times, she was often being mistaken for a cleaner, yet she pressed on to become a renowned pediatrician and child psychiatrist – the first African-American woman to attain that feat in the U.S.
Describing her in The Wall Street Journal in 2015, her daughter, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, wrote: “My mother is an extraordinary woman and trailblazing physician who in her career — first as a pediatrician, then as a child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — faced the virulent barriers of racism and sexism with a deft blend of grit and grace.”