NASW Foundation National Programs
NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Sara V. Kirk (unknown - 2008)
Dr. Kirk opened doors for African American Social workers to work in hospitals and health-care institutions, especially in the South. She was the first black medical/psychiatric social worker at the University of North Carolina memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins Hospital and helped establish the first Neighborhood Health center in Washington, DC. Known nationally for her work in teaching cultural diversity, Dr. Kirk presented workshops on women’s empowerment issues throughout the United States.