This short film was presented to a live audience on Sunday, February 9, 2014 in conjunction with the multimedia documentary history exhibit entitled "No Roadmap: Integrating the Charlotte Mecklenburg Medical Community 1951-1965" during 2014 Black History Month festivities, held at the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, NC. It was created in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Heritage Committee to introduce the panelists' discussion.
No Roadmap: Integrating the Charlotte Mecklenburg Medical Community 1951-1965 documents the journey from "separate but equal" to "care for all" in the South's most advanced metropolitan healthcare system in the 1950s-60s. Ten years before race riots and blood-stained battles over equality in education, another kind of struggle was quietly taking place in board rooms and emergency rooms across our nation. Charlotte's post-war population boom demanded progressive changes with regard to race in the practice of medicine. Five men, four doctors and one outspoken dentist, set out to secure equal treatment for all patients, regardless of race. That leap of faith set a precedent for integrating healthcare throughout the South. They didn't have a road map, but together they changed the course of history.