The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Kenneth Carlton Edelin

Share on Social Media

Information about Kenneth Carlton Edelin

Profile image of Kenneth Carlton Edelin

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Medical Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
If You Doing What You've Always Done, You're Going To Keep On Getting What You Always Got.

Birthplace

Born:
3/31/1939
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Medical Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
If You Doing What You've Always Done, You're Going To Keep On Getting What You Always Got.

Birthplace

Born:
3/31/1939
Birth Location:
Washington
See how Kenneth Carlton Edelin is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Kenneth C. Edelin, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Boston University School of Medicine, was born in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 1939. Educated in segregated Washington schools through the eighth grade, Edelin graduated from the private Stockbridge School in Western Massachusetts. After graduating from Columbia University in 1961, Edelin taught math and science at Stockbridge School for two years; he then attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned his M.D. degree in 1967.

In 1973, Edelin worked as the chief resident in obstetrics at Boston City Hospital. Performing abortions after the Roe v. Wade decision, Edelin was indicted for manslaughter in 1974 when he surgically terminated a pregnancy. Convicted on February 15, 1975, and sentenced to one year of probation, Edelin’s case drew national attention. Edelin appealed the decision and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts overturned the conviction on December 17, 1976.

A national leader in the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Edelin chaired the PPFA board of directors from 1989 to 1992. Edelin also served on both the New England and national boards of the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and chaired the Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women of the American College of Obstetrics. In 2007, Edelin authored the autobiographical novel Broken Justice which told the story of his legal struggle for abortion rights in the 1970s. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America established an award in Edelin’s name to honor individuals who excelled in areas of leadership in reproductive health care and reproductive rights. Dr.

Edelin passed away on December 30, 2013.

See how Kenneth Carlton Edelin is related to other HistoryMakers
Loading...
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Kenneth Carlton Edelin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his mother's family background and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his maternal grandmother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin talks about his father's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin recalls the lessons he learned from his maternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his oldest brother, Robert Mansfield Edelin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his brother, Milton Edelin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his sister, Norma Edelin Johnson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his childhood neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin recalls his time at Lovejoy Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin remembers giving his sixth grade graduation speech to his dying mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his reaction to his mother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin explains how he entered Stockbridge School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes the diverse student body at Stockbridge School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin recalls overcoming his stutter at Stockbridge School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes the factors that led to his interest in medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin recalls his time at Columbia University in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin remembers teaching at Stockbridge School in Stockbridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin explains why he attended Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his experiences at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin remembers serving in the U.S. Air Force as a general practitioner and obstetrician gynecologist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin talks about moving to Boston, Massachusetts and his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his residency at Boston City Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin remembers his time as first African American chief resident at Boston City Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin recalls his trial for manslaughter for performing an abortion shortly after Roe v. Wade
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin remembers appealing the verdict of his case to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his accomplishments as chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Boston City Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin talks about his private practice in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his second wife and their children, Joseph and Corrine Edelin
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin talks about his involvement with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his involvement with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin recalls giving two speeches on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes his future plans and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Kenneth Carlton Edelin narrates his photographs