In the summer of 1974, Brother Dr. W. Montague Cobb penned an article that appeared in the Oracle titled "Blacks in Medicine". Cobb's article is an interesting and informative account of the influence African American medical practitioners had on the development of medical policy, education and training, and facilities. In his article, Cobb highlights the presence of Omega leadership in the National Medical Association (NMA), "the nation’s oldest and largest organization representing African American physicians and health professionals in the United States." Since its founding in 1895, the NMA has contributed to countless advancements in the field of medicine and public health policy, including the passage of the 1962 King-Anderson Bill, otherwise known as Medicare. In that same time, the NMA has been led by no fewer than five Omega men from the Third District. Dr. G. Hamilton Francis, longtime member of Lambda Omega chapter, served as NMA president in 1933, and Doctors C. Herbert Marshall, Edward C. Mazique, W. Montague Cobb,and Tracy M. Walton of Alpha Omega chapter served as president in 1949, 1959, 1964, and 1994, respectively. (The Committee is interested in hearing from anyone who knows of other Omega men who served in this capacity.)
Although the attached article is a little long, a full read will surely not disappoint. Additional information and history on the NMA can also be found at https://www.nmanet.org/page/History.
Make it a great week Brothers. Be Noble!
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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