Camera as Witness Program – Stanford Arts Presents Summer series POWER OF EMPATHY co-presented with Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Palo Alto Libraries, Santa Clara County, Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Film Society and Stanford Medical School Medicine and the Muse
Virtual event, screening and Zoom panel discussion with the producer Barbara Berney, producer and experts - Sylvia Drew Ivie, former civil rights attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Denzel Tongue, student at the Goldman School of Public Policy and Ade Ayoola, Stanford University medical student moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera as Witness Stanford Arts Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival, UNAFF.
POWER TO HEAL: MEDICARE AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS REVOLUTION
(56 min) US
Directors: Charles Burnett, Daniel Loewenthal
Producers: Barbara Berney, Roberta Friedman
The documentary shows a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months. Before Medicare, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Less than half the nation's hospitals served black and white patients equally, and in the South, 1/3 of hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies. Using the carrot of Medicare dollars, the federal government virtually ended the practice of racially segregating patients, doctors, medical staffs, blood supplies and linens. 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. Narrated by Danny Glover, it begins as black doctors’ efforts to end racial discrimination clash with the federally funded postwar expansion of segregated hospitals.
If interested RSVP by Wednesday, July 21. Once registered, the password to view the film for free in advance and the Zoom invitation for the panel will be provided.