John Alcindor

(1873—1924) general practitioner and leader of the African Progress Union

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(1873–1924). Born in Trinidad, John Alcindor was among the first black West Indians to practise medicine in Britain. Winning an Island Scholarship enabled him to study medicine at Edinburgh University, from where he graduated in 1899 with first-class honours in three subjects. He was among delegates from the Edinburgh-based Afro-West Indian Literary Society to the 1900 Pan-African Conference, where he met and developed friendships with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and W. E. B. Du Bois. Moving to London, Alcindor practised his profession in the city's hospitals, and for several years played cricket for the Mill Hill Park club. His marriage to Minnie Alcindor (née Martin) in 1911 produced three sons. In 1917 Alcindor established his own medical practice, and also worked as a Poor Law medical officer. He published three scholarly studies on his research.


From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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