Amplifying the Voices of Black Doctors: Library Resources to Support Representation in Health Care this Black History Month (and every month)

This February, to honor Black History Month, the Jefferson Libraries will highlight materials from our collection that amplify the voices of Black doctors and medical professionals.

Resources include Black doctors’ biographies that share their powerful perspectives and historical studies of the medical field’s lack of representation, with first-hand accounts from older Black physicians. These resources also showcase doctors’ achievements, highlighting their determination and triumphs in the medical field.

As part of the university’s focus on combating racism in healthcare, the Jefferson Humanities Department will highlight the project Black Men in White Coats this spring. The initiative, which focuses on the need for more Black men in medicine, includes a documentary film free for all Sidney Kimmel Medical College students to view. The film dissects the systemic barriers that prevent Black men from becoming medical doctors. A link to view the film will be posted on the Jefferson Humanities Canvas course soon.

We hope that these resources celebrate and honor Black medical professionals’ accomplishments while providing historical context and perspective as we work to expand representation to increase health equity in our communities.  

Books

Against the Odds: Blacks in the Profession of Medicine in the United States 
Watson, Wilbur H.; c1999
Available at Scott Memorial Library 4th Floor Book Stacks (WZ 80.5 .B5 W343A 1999) 

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine 
Tweedy, Damon; 2015
Available at Scott Memorial Library 2nd Floor Circulation Reserves (WZ 100 T971b 2015) 

eBooks

Beside the Troubled Waters: A Black Doctor Remembers Life, Medicine, and Civil Rights in an Alabama Town
Hereford, Sonnie W.; c2011

A Black Physician’s Struggle for Civil Rights Edward C. Mazique, M.D. 
Ridlon, Florence, 1946-; c2005

Videos

Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflection on Race in Medicine Presentation by Damon Tweedy, MD

On Race in Medicine, Presentation by Traci Trice, MD