Black Physicians Struggle for Civil Rights : Edward C. Mazique, M.D. book
Black Physicians Struggle for Civil Rights : Edward C. Mazique, M.D. book

Black Physicians Struggle for Civil Rights : Edward C. Mazique, M.D. by Florence Ridlon

Black Physicians Struggle for Civil Rights : Edward C. Mazique, M.D.
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Author: Florence Ridlon
Number of Pages: 392 pages
Published Date: 25 Mar 2005
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication Country: Albuquerque, NM, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9780826333391
File Name: black.physicians.struggle.for.civil.rights.edward.c..mazique,.m.d..pdf
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This powerful biography traces the career of an African American physician and civil rights advocate, Edward Craig Mazique (1911-1987), from the poverty and discrimination of Natchez, Mississippi, to his status as a prominent physician in Washington, D.C. Florence Ridlon relates how Dr. Mazique's grandfather went from being a slave to becoming one of the largest landowners in Adams County, Mississippi. This moving story of one man's accomplishments, in spite of many opposing forces, is also a chapter in the struggle of African Americans to achieve equality in the twentieth-century. At a time when blacks were being denied entry into the American Medical Association and the staffs of most hospitals, Dr. Mazique was president of the Medico-Chirurgical Society and the National Medical Association, black counterparts to the all-white District Medical Society and American Medical Association. Dr. Mazique worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr. and presidents John F Kennedy and Lyndon B Johnson as well as black physicians, to expand the availability of health care at a time when many conservative physicians, both black and white, opposed the establishment of Medicare and other federal health programs. Much of this story is in Dr. Mazique's own words, taken from interviews with the author. What emerges from this biography is a picture of an exceptional but very human man, who, despite discrimination and repression, excelled beyond all expectations.

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