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ERIC Number: EJ764790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-8
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Resuscitating MLK/Drew
Pluviose, David
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n26 p32-35 Feb 2007
To this day, the widespread racial disparities that prompted the August 1965 riots in the Watts community of South Los Angeles frame many of the discussions about race in America. The death and destruction wrought during that five-day upheaval, along with the findings of the December 1965 McCone report that the lack of adequate health care facilities, were a contributing factor to the civil unrest, and prompted city and state officials to put in motion plans to build a medical school and teaching hospital in the Watts community. The opening of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in 1970, followed by the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center (MLK/Drew) in 1972, led to critical milestones in the recovery of the community. The thousands of minority doctors produced by Drew helped heal the social wounds that had been ripped open during the riots. But all has not been well at the teaching hospital. A Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times expose in 2004 revealed widespread neglect and mismanagement that the university administrators had swept under the rug for years. Ultimately, Los Angeles County terminated MLK/Drew's doctor-training program late last year after the hospital failed a make-or-break federal inspection. Drew University President Susan Kelly is adamant that Drew has to become even more diverse if it is to survive. As South Los Angeles becomes increasingly Hispanic, that means bringing in more Hispanic students, professors and administrators. She also has her eye on reaching out to the area's Japanese, Korean, and Polynesian communities. Kelly says that such diversification will be vital as the university rebuilds and eventually regains a doctor-training program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California