Today in Black History: On May 9th, 1897 Physician, Orator and Musician, Rudolph Fisher was born.

Rudolph John Chauncey Fisher was an African-American physician, radiologist, novelist, short story writer, dramatist, musician, and orator. His father was John Wesley Fisher, a clergyman, his mother was Glendora Williamson Fisher, and he had two siblings


Fisher had an interest in Pan-Africanism, which is a movement that aims to encourage and strengthen the unity of all African-Americans. It started in 1900. A major player in the Harlem Renaissance, Rudolph was nicknamed “The New Negro”. Rudolph Fisher also supported Pan-African congress participants promoted colonized Africans to elect their own governments in order to gain political power as a necessary prerequisite for complete social, economic and political emancipation.

Unlike Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, and W.E. B. DuBois who tried to put the stereotypes of black exoticism in Pan-African, Rudolph Fisher worked on articulating the broader struggle for black labor privilege, and women's empowerment.