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Power to Heal – Medicare and the Civil Rights Movement

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Power to Heal – Medicare and the Civil Rights Movement, narrated by Danny Glover
Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.
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This is sponsored in partnership between the Social Justice Ministries Council of the UU Church in the town of Harvard, MA and the League of Women Voters, town of Harvard. The film is one hour. Producer and Project Creator: Dr. Barbara Berney will join our gathering after the showing for a Q&A session.

Zoom link for HUUC and MAPA members and friends:

Honestly, in the midst of a deadly world-wide pandemic and fierce protests for equality and equity, this movie is a must see. It is an unknown chapter of the civil rights movement and shows how using the carrot of Medicare dollars the federal government virtually ended the practice of segregating patients, doctors, medical staffs, blood supply and linens. Imagine that happening today!

“Of all the forms of inequity, injustice in healthcare
is the most shocking and inhumane.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

This will not be recorded. If you have questions, please email
“Power To Heal is long overdue. It unearths another painful past – racial segregation and discrimination in healthcare during Jim Crow, resulting in Blacks being denied basic medical care. This is a must see. It’s riveting from start to finish.” Michele Goodwin, Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy, Professor of Law, University of California – Irvine
“Many unsung heroes of health care and civil rights history appear on camera here for the first time, along with extensive archival footage on medical discrimination and the contentious passage of Medicare. The story it tells reminds us how far we have come, but also how far we have to go to end racial inequality in health care. The film should be of great interest to community groups that advocate for equal rights and health care for all, and will be a valuable teaching tool for university-level courses in civil rights and public health history.” Beatrix Hoffman, Professor of History, Northern Illinois University, Author, Health Care for Some: Rights and Rationing in the United States since 1930


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