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Dr. Juel Pate Borders

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alaska
Favorite Quote:
I Am Somebody.

Birthplace

Born:
8/26/1934
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Beige
Favorite Food:
Fruit
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Alaska
Favorite Quote:
I Am Somebody.

Birthplace

Born:
8/26/1934
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Rev. and Dr. Juel Pate Borders was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Her father, the late civil rights leader Reverend William Holmes Borders, was the pastor of Wheat Street Baptist Church in Atlanta for more than fifty years. Borders lived just a few blocks away from young Martin Luther King, Jr., who would later pattern his preaching after her father’s eloquent style.

Borders attended the Palmer Memorial Institute, a college preparatory school in Sedalia, North Carolina, established by nationally acclaimed African American educator Charlotte Hawkins Brown. In 1954, Borders earned her B.A. degree from Spelman College in Atlanta. She went on to the Medical College of Pennsylvania earning her M.D. degree in 1960, with a specialty in obstetrics and gynecology. Borders did her residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and opened her own practice in Atlanta in 1965.

Borders has maintained her family tradition of social activism. In the early 1970s, for example, she served on a court appointed biracial committee charged with overseeing the process of desegregating the Atlanta Public School System. Decades later, she pursued a second career when she followed her father’s footsteps into the ministry. She earned her Masters of Divinity degree in 1992, from the Emory University Candler School of Theology. She is the assistant to the pastor for the institutional ministries at Wheat Street Baptist Church. In the 1980s, the prominent physician had a building erected to house her practice. She is a member of the Women’s Health Care Alliance, a non-profit, independent practice association composed of physicians, specializing in obstetrics & gynecology, perinatology, gynecological oncology, and reproductive endocrinology.

Borders is a widow and the mother of two children, Rev. Theodore Benson, a minister in Philadelphia, and Dr. Elinor Benson, an Atlanta obstetrician and gynecologist.

Juel Pate Borders was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 25, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Juel Pate Borders' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about her father's drive to obtain an education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders recalls her father's early career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about her paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders states her maternal grandmother's names
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about her first minister in her paternal family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders recalls the heirlooms and houses associated with her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders describes her childhood neighborhood of Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders reminisces about Sundays growing up in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders recalls her father's competition and reconciliation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visits to her father's church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders describes her brother's relationship with their father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders describes her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders recalls her early education at Atlanta University Laboratory School, Oglethorpe School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders remembers attending David T. Howard High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders recalls the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders describes herself as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about her experience at the Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders remembers Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders names some of her high school teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders explains how she entered Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about her studies at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders remembers an incident where he father intervened in a conflict due to discrimination on a trolley in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders recalls entering medical school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders describes her experiences in medical school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about encountering racism from other medical colleagues
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders recalls encountering racism during her internship and residency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders explains why she specialized in obstetrics and gynecology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders describes setting up her medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders explains how she met her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders recalls her marriage to Dr. Theodore Benson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about her children, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Juel Pate Borders talks about her children, pt. 2