Alice Ball (1892-1916)

Professor Alice Ball was “an incredibly talented young Hawaiian chemist… She was the first African American and the first woman to graduate from the University of Hawaii…

She developed a way to separate out the active elements of chaulmoogra oil and created a new extract that could be injected directly into a patient [with leprosy’s] bloodstream. Unfortunately, Alice died before she was able to publish her findings. So, the University of Hawaii did it for her – without giving her credit!…

Many years later, Alice Ball’s amazing contribution was finally recognized. Now, every four years on February 29, Hawaii celebrates Alice Ball Day.”

“I work and work and still it seems that I have nothing done.”

Had Professor Ball’s diligent work been encouraged and recognized, what other contributions might she have gifted our world? Ask God to reveal to you who you might be overlooking. Who might you thoughtfully extend encouragement and recognition to?


[excerpt from “Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2” by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli]