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Blacks in Healthcare: A Long & Storied Road

Streamed Live

December 12, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

In 2020, Michael Bloomberg’s gift of $100 million to the nation’s four African American medical schools caught the nation’s attention at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic was ravaging the U.S. while exposing the pervasive and racist healthcare inequities of America’s healthcare system. With Blacks in Healthcare: A Long & Storied Road, ABC journalist Byron Pitts is joined by the leaders of these four medical schools: Dr. Hugh E. Mighty, Dean of Howard University’s College of Medicine; President of Meharry Medical College Dr. James E. K. Hildreth, President of Morehouse School of Medicine Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Dean of the Charles R. Drew University College of Medicine. This panel is joined by special guest Dr. Louis Sullivan, Founding Dean and President Emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine, who provides a fascinating description of the history of blacks in medicine as well as the devastating impact of the 1910 Flexner Report, which closed 5 of 7 of the nation’s black medical schools. The discussion also features a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers MedicalMakers Advisory Committee. Make sure to tune in for this thought-provoking discussion on the history of African Americans in healthcare, one of the country’s most vital systems.

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube at 12:00 noon EST on Saturday, December 12, 2020 as the twelfth installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.


Image of Dr. Vivian Pinn 
Dr. Vivian Pinn 
Retired Director
Office of Research on Women’s Health
at the National Institute of Health 

Image of Dr. Louis Sullivan 
Dr. Louis Sullivan 
President Emeritus
Morehouse School of Medicine 


Interview Advising Committee

Image of John W. Bluford, III 
John W. Bluford, III 
??????Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute 
Image of Dr. L.D. Britt 
Dr. L.D. Britt 
Department of Surgery 
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Image of Catherine Alicia Georges 
Catherine Alicia Georges 
Department of Nursing 
Lehman College (CUNY) 
Image of Evelynn M. Hammonds 
Evelynn M. Hammonds 
Department of the History of Science 
Harvard University 
Image of Dr. Cato T. Laurencin 
Dr. Cato T. Laurencin 
University of Connecticut 
Image of Dr. Roderic Pettigrew 
Dr. Roderic Pettigrew 
CEO of Engineering Health
& Executive Dean 
Engineering Medicine
at Texas A&M University 
Image of Dr. Deborah B. Prothrow-Stith 
Dr. Deborah B. Prothrow-Stith 
College of Medicine Dean 
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science 
Image of Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers 
Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers 
Director National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases 
Image of Dr. Jeanne C. Sinkford 
Dr. Jeanne C. Sinkford 
Dean Emeritus 
Howard University School of Dentistry 
Image of Pamela Sutton Wallace 
Pamela Sutton Wallace 
Group SVP, Regional COO
New York-Presbyterian 
Image of Dr. Augustus White 
Dr. Augustus White 
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery???? 
Harvard Medical School 
Image of Dr. Donald Wilson 
Dr. Donald Wilson 
Dean of Medicine Vice President of Health Affairs Emeritus 
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Image of Dr. M. Roy Wilson 
Dr. M. Roy Wilson 
Wayne State University

Fundraising Advising Committee

Image of Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey 
Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PIK Professor
University of Pennsylvania 
Image of Dr. Reed Tuckson 
Dr. Reed Tuckson 
Managing Director
Tuckson Health Connections LLC 
Image of Dr. Wayne Riley 
Dr. Wayne Riley 
SUNY Downstate Medical Center