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Tue, 11.26.1895

The National Negro Medical Association begins

NNMA Ohio Chapter, 1909

On this date in 1895, National Negro Medical Association (NNMA) was founded. Consisting of three major Black medical professions, they were originally called the National Negro Medical Association of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists.

Meharry Medical College and Howard University faculty and alumni were instrumental in their establishment. The NNMA consisted of skilled organizations and a supportive social network for Black dentists. They were both involved in the initial inclusion of dentists in the National Negro Medical Association, various regional and state dental associations, and the later development of their own professional association, the National Dental Association (not to be confused with the earlier National Dental Association which would become the ADA.

At the turn of the 20th century they became the National Medical Association, The NMA’s manifesto was written by Charles Roman and adopted in 1908. It reads as follows: Conceived in no spirit of racial exclusiveness, fostering no ethnic antagonism, but born of the exigencies of American environment, the National Medical Association has for its object the banding together for mutual cooperation and helpfulness, the men and women of African decent who are legally and honorably engaged in the practice of the cognate professions of medicine, surgery, pharmacy and dentistry."

Currently still going strong, the NMA is located in Washington, D.C.

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Schomburg Center for research in Black Culture
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The New York Public Library, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Pub.
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