Letter from Black Medical Students of UCLA , 1970

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Title

Letter from Black Medical Students of UCLA , 1970

Subject

Health Care
UCLA School of Medicine
Press Conference
Petition
Dymally, Mervyn M., 1926-2012

Description

In a letter written by the Black Medical Students of UCLA to Senator Dymally, they express their concern over the under representation of Blacks and Latinos in the UCLA School of Medicine; as Blacks and Latinos only represent 2% in the program. On 9 March 1970, the students petitioned for a program that would help admit more Black students. Although the petition received over a hundred signatures, the administration did not take steps to address the issues outlined in the petition with recruiting students and the educational disparities that students of color face at UCLA. The most recent data from the American Association of Medical Colleges shows that while some progress has been made since this letter was written, the racial disparity among U.S. doctors continues to be stark. African Americans represent only 6.2% of medical school graduates and 5% of the active physicians.

Written by Javier-Zamora Cruz, History 3450, Fall 2020.

Creator

The Black Medical Students of UCLA

Source

Mervyn M. Dymally Papers, Special Collections & Archives, California State University, Los Angeles

Publisher

California State University, Los Angeles, Library. Special Collections & Archives

Date

1970-05-25

Rights

IN COPYRIGHT

Format

Document

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

Faraj_001.02 and Faraj_001.03

Citation

The Black Medical Students of UCLA, “Letter from Black Medical Students of UCLA , 1970,” California State University - Los Angeles, accessed February 2, 2023, http://calstatela-exhibits.libraryhost.com/items/show/18.