Fighting Jim Crow Discrimination and Segregation in Health Care

Speaker: Mike Dixon

Suitable for Schools · Grades 9–12

This program examines the nature of health care for African Americans prior to the passage of modern Civil Rights legislation in the mid-1960s. As people of color struggled with medical needs, they also grappled on another front—segregation and discrimination in the medical system. The program seeks to understand this little-known history by spotlighting the unexplored story on Delmarva, while placing it in the larger regional and national context. Topics include the contributions of African American doctors, nurses, and caregivers; the advances of the Black hospital system, the unique narrative on Delmarva, the struggles by activists to overcome racism, and the movement for equality in medicine and health.