How Medicare and the Civil Rights Movement Worked Together and Changed America
Narrated by Danny Glover
Film Screening and Community Conversation with Barbara Berney, producer of The Power to Heal
Monday, October 15, 3:30 pm
Albert H. Anderson Jr. Center Winston-Salem State University 601 S Martin Luther King Jr Dr Winston-Salem, NC 27107
This program is free and open to people of all ages. RSVP requested. Refreshments will be served.
Register by October 11. Call toll-free 877-926 8300 or CLICK HERE!
Before Medicare was introduced in 1965, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Fewer than 50 percent of the nation’s hospitals served black and white patients equally. The South was especially challenged, as one in three hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies. But by using the carrot of Medicare dollars, the federal government virtually ended the practice of racially segregated health care.
The powerful book and documentary “The Power to Heal” illustrates how Movement leaders and grass-roots volunteers pressed and worked with the federal government to achieve justice and fairness for African-Americans.
AARP North Carolina is pleased to join author Dr. David Smith and film producer Barbara Berney for a statewide film tour across North Carolina of community discussion with local leaders to explore these historical issues and reflect upon current day challenges.