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By Susan L. Smith

Sick and bored with Being in poor health and Tired strikes past the depiction of African americans as mere recipients of reduction or as sufferers of overlook and highlights the methods black future health activists created public well-being courses and encouraged public coverage at each chance. Smith additionally sheds new mild at the notorious Tuskegee syphilis test via situating it in the context of black public health and wellbeing task, reminding us that public overall healthiness paintings had oppressive in addition to innovative consequences.

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They used concern for white health as a way to expose the contradictions and hypocrisy of segregation in the South and improve conditions for African Americans. They also preached these morality tales to black audiences, perhaps believing that the stories served as valuable forms of health education, even if delivered at the expense of reinforcing stereotypes about black women. Why did black women carry the burdens of sickness in southern society? Black women may have been the focus of these stories because they came in frequent, intimate contact with white people in their capacity as workers.

The Negro Organization Society was founded about 1910 to unite groups interested in black advancement. The society was a coalition of over 250 black religious and secular organizations, representing 350,000 African Americans in Virginia, about half of the state's black population. 12 Robert Russa Moton (1867-1940), who worked at Hampton Institute for several years, was president of the society. Moton, son of a slave, graduated from Hampton Institute in 1890. "13 He was active in the National Urban League and the National Negro Business League, a black business organization established in 1900 by Washington to promote economic self-sufficiency.

Tuskegee Institute served as headquarters for National Negro Health Week from 1915 to 1930, at which point the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) took over the campaign and turned it into a year-round program. 34 Chapter 2 On the national level, black men were the prominent leaders of the National Negro Health Week movement, while on the local level, black women continued their previous health reform tradition and carried out much of the community organizing. The movement nationalized black health activities that had existed since at least the late nineteenth century, especially in the public welfare work of black women.

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