As we take stock of where we are and all that has come before – of all that was lost and all that was won on the arduous road toward equity in the realization of the American dream for all peoples, I am compelled to pay tribute to those who endured and were unshakable in their commitment to the realization of today. While the millennial within me often feels that equity in both health care personnel and delivery should be an unquestionable reality, my grandmother's spirit reminds me of the hard battles already fought and won, with great sacrifice.

“After 350 years of enslavement, the struggle for the education of newly freed black people should give us pause as we reflect on the sheer determination and desire to improve their lot. Nowhere is this story more enlightening than in the history of medical education of African Americans.” Early “Black” medical...

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