Did you know one of the
pioneers of African American surgeons went to medical school right here in
You can find out more about
the history of Dr. Claude Organ and many others at Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons at Southeast
Community College beginning Aug. 29.
The exhibit was developed and
produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
of Maryland African American History and Culture. It has traveled throughout
the United States since 2007 to libraries, universities, museums, and cultural
It will be located in the
Library Resource Center on SCC’s Lincoln Campus at 8800 O St.
“In the words of Dr. LaSalle
D. Leffall, one of the pioneer academic black surgeons highlighted in the
exhibition, we hope our exhibition will ‘inspire, stimulate, and raise
aspirations’ through the inspiring stories and important achievements of these
black academic surgeons,” said Jill Newmark, curator and manager of the
Traveling Exhibition Service.
The display will feature
historic pictures and facts about the first hospitals and surgeons, as well as
current physicians who are making strides in the field today.
One of the featured surgeons,
Organ received his medical degree from Creighton University in 1952. He
remained there to complete his internship and residency and quickly moved up
the ladder to become the first African American to chair a department of
surgery at a predominantly white medical school in 1971.The display will be open to the public from Aug.
29 to October 8.