This volume traces the origin, growth and development of organized dentistry among black Americans from 1895 – with the formation of the original National Negro Medical Association of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists – to the end of the 20th century. Individual experiences of minorities in dental education, practice, research and public health were essential, yet unpublicized, elements of organized dentistry in the United States. Author Clifton O. Dummett, Distinguished Emeritus Professor in the USC School of Dentistry, served as editor of the National Dental Association’s publication for 22 years, and his wife, co-author Lois Doyle Dummett, served as associate editor. They provide a comprehensive text that illustrates the triumphs and setbacks in the laborious struggles of minorities for professional recognition and advancement. The book traces minority involvement in dentistry from the mid-19th century’s “Dr. Zeke,” who practiced the dental arts in Georgia for whites by day and blacks by night; to John S. Rock of New Jersey, who was denied entrance to medical school and then undertook the study of dentistry and began practice in 1850 in Philadelphia; to post-slavery dentistry; to early dental organizations; and on to a look at present-day endeavors and challenges of the future.
Published by the National Dental Association Foundation, the book is available by special order through the USC Pertusati Bookstore.