Filmmaker Crystal Emery is telling the early stories of Black women in medicine through the lens of a new documentary.
Together with Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who was the first African-American Surgeon General, Emery is spearheading an initiative titled “Changing The Face Of Medicine” that aims to significantly increase the number Black physicians in the United States by 2030.
First Look: New Documentary Focuses on Black Women in Medicine
As part of the initiative, Emery recently held a private screening of her latest documentary Black Women In Medicine, which chronicles the extraordinary journeys of 11 young Black women who ultimately emerged as pioneers in the medical field at a time when racism, classism and sexism was running rampant.
“The film is about the celebration about the triumph of the human spirit,” Elders told News One at the screening in NYC this past Wednesday. “It is about celebrating these courageous women who did not allow racism or sexism or economics to define their capabilities. The film transcends the medical world. These are the same issues that Black women are dealing with in all fields.”