Olivia J. Hooker of Greenburgh was honored by the Greenburgh Town Board and by Town Clerk Judith Beville this past Wednesday. She's an amazing woman and is currently celebrating her 100th birthday. In 1945 she became the first black woman to enlist in the Coast Guard.
The Wall Street Journal published a page one profile (in their New York section) about Dr. hooker and mentioned that the Coast Guard will rename the galley at is base on Staten island after Dr. Hooker. "Coast Guard officials said they chose the galley because it was among the most popular buildings in the base."
the link to the Town Board ceremony (and a video on Dr. Hooker's life prepared by George Malone) is posted below. Greenburgh is fortunate to have such an outstanding resident living in our community. She's also a very nice person - a role model for citizens!
Dr Hooker - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKyQgT4khuE