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Black History Month

Exhibit Details

In honor of Black History Month (BHM), Norris Medical Library is hosting the National Library of Medicine exhibit: Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons.

The traveling banner exhibition <click here for virtual access to exhibit> tells the stories of pioneering African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and work to educate and mentor younger physicians and surgeons. Opening Doors recognizes the long tradition of African Americans healers and physicians, and celebrates the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education.

Date: January 17, 2023 - February 25, 2023

Location: Lower Level, Norris Medical Library, USC Health Sciences Campus

The National Library of Medicine produced this exhibition and companion website.  

Pioneers @ USC Keck School of Medicine

Watch Keck School of Medicine's interviews with Drs.Tamara Chambers and Damon Clark to learn how the history in the Opening Doors exhibit relates directly to them and how they are carrying forward this legacy here at USC.

Opening Doors - Pioneers

Personal Inspirations

We want to hear from you!  How do you build resilience?

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”― Zora Neale Hurston

This year's Black History Month theme “Black Resistance” provides powerful examples of the resiliency African Americans have employed to overcome persistent barriers to success.  We can all learn from this history, and we can also learn from each other.

We invite you to share a short paragraph and photo describing who or what inspires you, or anything you do to push past barriers or difficult times. This can include family members, friends, colleagues, mentors, icons, pets, songs, places, or techniques that you employ.

Submissions will be posted in the Lower Level of the Norris Medical Library, Health Sciences Campus.

All members of the USC community (faculty, staff, students) are invited to participate.

Participants will be entered into a raffle to win a library swag bag – includes a $25 gift certificate and more!

Submission Form