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"American history and human history at its very best" -- Dr. Walter J. Leonard, former Harvard Law School assistant dean; chairman of the Harvard W.E.B. Du Bois Institute's founding committee

"Beautifully and engagingly told...inspiring" -- Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, President emerita, Spelman College and Bennett College for Woman

"To read how Dovey Roundtree struggled to help others and make a difference in our world is exalting...Katie McCabe has done a formidable job of entering Dovey's mind, memory and soul to produce this first-person account of a woman of our history whose virtues we should enshrine on a pedestal of honor." --
Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught, USAF (Ret.), President, Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation

Katie McCabe

Washington writer KATIE McCABE is a nationally recognized magazine journalist whose work on unsung heroes in the African American community has garnered wide attention, both in print and in film. She is the author of the National Magazine Award-winning Washingtonian magazine profile of legendary black cardiac surgery pioneer Vivien Thomas, "Like Something the Lord Made." Her story formed the basis for the 2004 Emmy and 2005 Peabody-Award winning HBO film, "Something the Lord Made," one of the highest rated original films in HBO history.

Starring Mos Def and Alan Rickman and directed by Joseph Sargent, the film dramatized the story of the brilliant but unknown African American laboratory technician whose volatile segregation-era partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock led to the development of modern cardiac surgery. The American Film Institute, which named the film Best TV Movie of 2004, called it "a revelation...a bittersweet story that is an important tool for America as it continues to search for a public vocabulary to discuss issues of race."

That search has defined a large part of McCabe's work, which has focused on such improbable African American heroes as former Harlem Globetrotter Walt Kennedy, who pushed past crippling multiple sclerosis to coach a ragtag Alabama high school team to the state finals, and college student JoAnne Johnson, whose illness became the catalyst for transforming the prospects of minority patients in need of bone marrow transplantation. The latter story won McCabe the Leukemia Society of America's Outstanding Magazine Journalist Award. For her work in science and medical journalism, McCabe has been honored with awards for investigative reporting (William Allen White Award, 1991) and public service (National Magazine Award finalist, 1986).