[The Black Family: Cultural and Medical Perspective]

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Mitchell, Dr, Henry H., H.H. M. at Medical Convention (NYC)


Henry Mitchell

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Martin Luther King Fellows In Black Religious Studies, Inc. Collection

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circa 1972

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Dr. Henry Mitchell delivers a presentation to a group of medical doctors. In the presentation, he discusses the intersection of the Black family, church and medicine and stresses the need for cooperation between the three. He proposes the Black doctor as a father within the extended Black family.

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00:00:05 Unidentified man introduces Dr. Henry Mitchell.

00:00:53 Dr. Henry Mitchell gives thanks and preliminary remarks.

00:04:14 Introduces topic, The Black Family: Cultural and Medical Perspective.

00:04:59 Talks about how there is a radical difference between the Western and African family life.

00:11:52 Talks about Doctor Olambo practicing in University hospital in Nigeria.

00:18:02 Talks about how research shows that cities (not slavery) destroyed Black families.

00:19:34 Talks about how the traditional Black church has always been an extended family and how W.E.B. Dubois calls it the linear decedent of the Black community in Africa.

00:26:43 Talks about resistance among Blacks, among Black professionals, and self-hatred and the individualistic natures of Black medical doctors.

00:40:13 Ends presentation.

00:40:44 Audio ends.


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