African Americans in North Carolina have long played a vital role in serving our state and nation during times of need through the practice of medicine. Whether a physician, nurse, midwife, herbalist, or healer, Black medical practitioners continue to blaze trails to heal and care for their communities despite the history of health disparity. Their achievements are a testament to victories born from struggle. We are proud to recognize achievements and sacrifices with great expectations for the future. We acknowledge the important work that lies ahead and work to promote steps that Black North Carolinians can take to preserve their health.
The following is a small collection of health pioneers who have embodied some of the highest ideals of achievement.