Frances Cress Welsing, a psychiatrist, educator, author, and political commentator, died on January 2 after suffering a stroke. She was 80 years old.
Dr. Welsing was a native of Chicago. She was a 1957 graduate of Antioch College and received her medical training at Howard University. Dr. Welsing worked as a staff physician for the Department of Human Services for the District of Columbia and opened a private practice in general and pediatric psychiatry in Washington. She also served for more than a decade as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Howard University College of Medicine.
Dr. Welsing was an outspoken critic of White supremacy and placed most of the blame for the mental health problems of African Americans on the racism they had to deal with everyday in American society. She was the author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors (Third World Press, 1991).