Every week during Black History Month, we'll spotlight one of our Swedish caregivers who will share with us what Black history means to them.
Tamisha Cooper, clinic manager at Swedish Urology - First Hill, loves being a Black woman. And central to that connection is walking the path her ancestors created for her.
“I used to be someone that would say, ‘Love sees no color.’ However, I learned that I want you to see my color because that’s obvious and OK,” Tamisha says. “Most importantly, I want you to see a Black woman that is intelligent, professional, talented and amazing.”
Tamisha Cooper, clinic manager at Swedish Urology - First Hill.
Tamisha started at Swedish in 2005, when she joined our Physician Division. Until 2021, when she joined the First Hill urology clinic as a manager, most of her roles at Swedish have been in cardiology. Though she's changed areas of specialty, Tamisha loves being in a position where she can consistently improve provider support, patient experience and everything in between. She says she feels blessed to work with a her dynamic and talented team of caregivers.
For Tamisha, Black History Month is a time to honor her identity as an African American woman. It's also a time to remember seminal moments in the Black freedom struggle. Throughout February, Tamisha and her family read and discuss speeches and sermons from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tamisha adds that her family gives reverence to Black history throughout the year.
“I continue to carry the baton that would make the previous generations, and generations to come, very proud,” she says.
Washington State Historical Society’s activities for all ages to participate in Black History Month, online and in-person
Northwest African American Museum
African American History and Culture in the United States
Black History Month - U.S. National Park Service Celebrates!
A People’s Journey, A Nation’s Story | National Museum of African American History and Culture