WSHU's 'Join the Conversation' Presents Dr. Yvonne Thornton


Dr. Yvonne Thornton

News Story: February 1, 2010

WSHU's 'Join the Conversation' Presents
Dr.  Yvonne Thornton
Something to Prove: A Daughter’s Journey to Fulfill a Father’s Legacy
February 13, 2011
University Commons
3:00 pm

Dr. Yvonne Thornton will be speaking about the sequel to her bestselling memoir The Ditchdigger’s Daughters, which was featured on Oprah and the basis of an award-winning TV movie that airs frequently on BET. Something to Prove continues the story of how her father, a man with a profound reservoir of good will and wisdom, got his five daughters out of the projects by forming a family band that shared a bill with Fats Domino and other music legends at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Her father, a manual laborer, and his wife, a housekeeper, made it possible for Dr. Thornton and her sisters to fulfill his dream that they grow up to be doctors. Dr. Thornton’s new book shows how she overcame the obstacles of both sexism and racism to become the first African-American woman to be double Board-certified in high-risk obstetrics.