African-American abolitionist, journalist, physician and writer, Martin Delany, was a member of St. Cyprian Alpha Lodge #13 of the 7th Masonic District and before Rap came along there was something called “Toast” that Black men did back in the day, life saving health information and many more Black History facts and information like these were shared during the EACH ONE TEACH ONE event last month at the Prince Hall Temple in Wilkinsburg.
Hosted by the Byrdie E. Crunkleton Memorial Court, No. 3—Heroines of Jericho, it was an occasion to do more than recognize important historical facts about African-American contributions to this country. It was also to bring awareness of health issues that Blacks and older Americans face every day. Especially older Black Americans.
Activities included a presentation about “The Affects of Kidney Disease” within the African-American population presented by Cherie Peters, program manager from the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies.
In her talk she shared the important signs of kidney failure and that kidney disease is treatable. She stressed the importance of taking the simple tests available to detect early signs of the disease, explaining that getting an early handle on this problem was crucial because the regrettable consequence of kidney damage is ending up on dialysis and or the need for a kidney transplant; neither of which is a desirable situation to be in.
Once again African-Americans suffer disproportionately from end stage kidney disease not unlike heart disease and certain cancers. Due to the amount of high blood pressure and heart disease within the Black race, they are automatically placed in front of the line for kidney failure. According to the National Kidney Foundation web site, Blacks need to be aware of the following information: