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The Power to Heal: Documentary and Discussion (02/25/2019)

Monday, Feb 25, 2019
From 6pm to 8pm

YWCA of Asheville
Asheville , NC 28801

Phone: 877-926-8300
Contact: AARP NC



 

Power to Heal 

Join us for a poignant film about how Medicare informed the Civil Rights Revolution. This documentary will be followed by a discussion with community leaders who are working hard to create a more equitable society. 

Before Medicare was introduced in 1965, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Fewer than 50% of the nation's hospitals served black and white patients equally. The South was especially challenged, as one in three hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies. But by using the carrot of Medicare dollars, the federal government virtually ended the practice of racially segregated health care. The powerful book and documentary THE 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.  The documentary will be followed with a community discussion with local leaders to explore these historical issues and reflect upon current day challenges.

This event is free and heavy appetizers will be provided.

This event is co-sponsored by the YWCA of Asheville and ABIPA.

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