Subseries 10.7
Crisis in Health Care for Black and Poor Americans records, 1983-1987
Boxes 584 - 585

Historical Note

The Crisis in Health Care for Black and Poor Americans was initiated in the wake of Reagan era budget cuts and designed to draw national attention to the lack of access to adequate health care in impoverished and minority communities. In 1984, in major cities such as Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; Birmingham, Alabama; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri, and other urban centers, SCLC facilitated local forums on healthcare that included SCLC officials, local healthcare administrators and medical practitioners, as well as community activists and leaders.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of the records of the Crisis in Health Care for Black and Poor Americans from 1983-1987. Most prominent are files relating to the hearings in several cities, which include testimony from participants, planning documents, reports of individual hearings, and newspaper clippings about the hearings. There is also a small amount of correspondence, some general research material on minority healthcare and the Reagan budget, and one comprehensive report. Also included are a few folders belonging to the coordinator of the program, Reverend Timothy McDonald, specifically regarding his involvement with other SCLC activities, his church First Iconium Baptist, and the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. For additional material relating to the program see Subseries 2.3: President Joseph E. Lowery files.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
584 1 American Diabetes Association, Inc., October 1984
584 2 The Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, "Blacks and the Health Professions in the 80s: A National Crisis and a Time for Action," 1983
584 3 Atlanta Committee on Latin America, 1984
584 4 Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Hearing, September 28, 1984
584 5 Contact list, 1984
584 6 Correspondence, 1984-1987
584 7 First Iconium Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, circa 1984
584 8 Hearings: Atlanta, Georgia, April 3, 1984 [1 of 2]
584 9 Hearings: Atlanta, Georgia, April 3, 1984 [2 of 2]
584 10 Hearings: Birmingham, Alabama, June 5, 1984
584 11 Hearings: Charlotte, North Carolina, May 22, 1984
584 12 Hearings: Chicago, Illinois, May 17, 1984
584 13 Hearings: Detroit, Michigan, April 11, 1984
584 14 Hearings: Howard University, Washington, D.C., June 14, 1984
584 15 Hearings: Kansas City, Missouri, April 17, 1984
584 16 Hearings: Los Angeles, California, May 19, 1984 [1 of 3]
585 1 Hearings: Los Angeles, California, May 19, 1984 [2 of 3]
585 2 Hearings: Los Angeles, California, May 19, 1984 [3 of 3]
585 3 Hearings: Miami, Florida, May 31, 1984
585 4 Hearings: New Orleans, Louisiana, May 29, 1984
585 5 Hearings: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 1, 1984
585 6 Hearings schedule, 1984
585 7 "In Poor Health: The Administration's 1985 Health Budget," 1984
585 8 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, 1984 [1 of 2]
585 9 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, 1984 [2 of 2]
585 10 Planning meeting, February 1984
585 11 Report, "Crisis in Health Care for Black and Poor Americans," 1984
585 12 Selma to Montgomery March, 20th anniversary, 1985
585 13 "Statement by Reverend Cameron M. Alexander Representing the Ministerial Coalition to Get Out the Vote," 1984
585 14 Urban Health, 1983-1984
585 15 Voting, 1984
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