Dear & Glorious Physician: The History of Black Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals in Newark and Places Just Beyond the River

Dear & Glorious Physician: The History of Black Doctors, Nurses and Hospitals in
Newark and Places Just Beyond the River

Curated by Sandra L. West

Kenney Hospital, Newark, NJ. (Year unknown)
Main Library
Second Floor Gallery
January 29 to March 28, 2009

PNC Foundation is proud to support
the Newark Public Library’s Black History Celebration.


Dear & Glorious Physician seeks to educate the public about the accomplishments of the profession to the areas of social justice, human rights, and community development.

Honorary Committee

Daria M. Placitella
Honorary Chair

Northern New Jersey Regional President
PNC Financial Services Group

Artie Collins
Vice President
Community Development
PNC Bank

Alfred Davis, Jr., DC
Davis Chiropractic Center

Lois V. Green, RCN, MBA
Cathedral Regional Cancer Center

Milton Hollar-Gregory, Esq.
Board of Trustees–UMDNJ

M. Ishmael Griffin, MD
St. Michael’s Medical Center

F. Kennedy Gordon, MD
Gordon Elite Sports Medicine

Mark S. Johnson, MPH, MD
Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Robert L. Johnson, FAAP, MD
Chair, Pediatrics

Gwen Watford-Miller, RN
Quality Health Care, Inc.

Sandra W. Moss, MD, MA
Former President
Medical History Society of New Jersey

Adrienne A. Phillips, MD, MPH
Harlem Hospital

Algernon A. Phillips, MD
Formerly with Veterans Affairs
Medical Center

Elois Gwendolyn Rodger-Phillips, MD
Fred Cohen Cancer Group
Beth Israel Hospital

Opening Reception Co-Sponsors

The Newark Landmarks and Preservation Committee
Newark History Society
New Salem Baptist Church
The Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience
The Newark Public Library

See photos from the opening reception on Flickr.

Special Programs
Printable list

Thursday, January 29
Opening Reception – See photos from the reception
The History of Kenney Hospital

The opening reception features a lecture on Newark’s Kenney Hospital by Dr. Clement Alexander Price of Rutgers University. Rev. John K. White, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church, will speak on “Living in a Historical Landmark.” Linda Kenney Miller will present the keynote address about her grandfather, Dr. John Kenney, and the hospital he inaugurated. Traditional African drumming and processional by Spectrums Afrikans.
Centennial Hall, 5:00 pm

Wednesday, February 4
Say It Loud
This film, created by former Nickelodeon actor Jordan Coleman, encourages African-American boys to do well in school and in life. It includes interviews with Mayor Cory Booker, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Strahan.
Weequahic Branch Library
355 Osborne Terrace
4:00 pm

Saturday, February 14
The History of Harlem Hospital
Educator and historian Robert Hayden will discuss his research on the pre-Harlem Renaissance history of a large urban hospital and its premier black physician. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.
James Brown African-American Room, 12:00 pm

Wednesday, February 18
From Birmingham to Botswana
Operatic vocalist Gwen Moten sings her tragedy-to-triumph memoir, as she moves from Birmingham, Alabama during the civil rights movement to her rise as a cultural ambassador.
Auditorium, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, February 25
Remembering My Dad, The Doctor
A roundtable discussion by the children of community activists and physicians, featuring author Carole Darden-Lloyd (Dr. Walter Darden), pediatrician Dr. Edwina Verner (Dr. Edward Verner), and retired librarian Ms. Barbara Polk-Riley (Dr. Charles Polk). Journalist Caryl Lucas will lead the discussion.
Centennial Hall, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, March 10
With Love, Lorraine
A one-woman play performed by award-winning actor Elizabeth Van Dyke. It celebrates the 50th anniversary of A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal work.
Centennial Hall, 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 28
Wellness Day
An afternoon of wellness-themed classes: Megan Garcia — Yoga for Plus Size, Celeste Bateman — being a myasthenia gravis survivor, and chiropractor Dr. Tashia Hilliard — the human skeletal system.
James Brown African American Room, 12:00 – 5:00 pm

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information call us at 973-733-5411 or 973-424-1831. In case of inclement weather, please call 973-733-7784 to determine whether the Library is open.