Over the last 123 years, the National Medical Association (NMA) has been a beacon for African-American physicians. This organization was founded in 1895 by Daniel Hale Williams, M.D., Daniel L. Martin, M.D., David H.C. Scott, M.D., H.R. Butler, M.D., Miles V. Lynk, M.D., and Robert F. Boyd, M.D. It has been instrumental in working toward health care equity since being established. Its mission is “to advance the art and science of medicine for people of African descent through education, advocacy, and health policy to promote health and wellness, eliminate health disparities, and sustain physician viability.” The NMA was founded because the American Medical Association would not allow African-American physicians to become members. This gave no voice to the concerns of physicians of color and, in turn, gave no voice to their patients. The AMA issued an official apology to...

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