New Exhibit at CAAM - The Future is Now! African Americans in Dentistry [1]

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Posted by : PressRelease onJul 15, 2004 - 03:42 PM
LOS ANGELES, California – The Future is Now! African Americans in Dentistry is a new exhibition at the California African American Museum running from July 29, 2004 through November 27, 2004. CAAM is the first stop of a comprehensive national touring exhibit, developed by The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry (NMD) [3] which pays tribute to the movers and shakers who paved the way for African Americans' success as dental professionals. It also tells the story of African Americans in the dental community, draws awareness to careers in dentistry and demonstrates the importance of oral health in a healthy life.

The Future is Now! includes dramatic portraits, moving memoirs and inspirational stories of individual and collective achievement of African Americans in dentistry. Of particular interest is Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, which focuses on ten prominent achievers in the dental field. This section includes an audio component sharing the stories of Dr. Clifton Dummett, pre-eminent dental historian and educator, and Dr. Jeanne Craig Sinkford, the first female dean of a dental school.

Unique to each host city is the Hometown Heroes panel designed to highlightlocal individuals that have made a significant contribution or impact in organized dentistry, dental education, a dental specialty area or service to the dental profession. Local NDA societies will have the opportunity to identify the HometownHeroes and work with the community using The Future is Now! as a premiertool to teach the history and future of African Americans in dentistry.

"Despite the tremendous gains of the past 30 years, there remains much to do to increase diversity in dentistry and recruit African American dental faculty, improve access to health care, and eliminate disparities," says Dr. Valerie Andrews, Board of Trustees, National Dental Association [4]. "The opportunities for a dental education and career in dentistry have never been greater, nor has the need for caring and skilled professionals ever been stronger. Presenting this exhibit to a wide national audience will create a new awareness of opportunities and challenges, and present positive role models of the profession, both past and present."

"We are delighted that the Angel City Dental Society [5], the local NDA society,approached us to be the first institution to host this exhibit," says Charmaine Jefferson, Executive Director of CAAM. "This show offers our patrons the opportunity to learn of the many contributions made by African Americans in this profession."

An invitation-only reception will be held at CAAM on July 30, 2004 for members of the National Dental Association in association with their 91st annual convention, held July 30 - August 4, 2004 at the Westin Century Plaza Hotel and Spa.

The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, inspires people to make healthy choices about oral health by creating and sharing learning opportunities that celebrate the heritage and future of dentistry, the achievements of dental professionals and the importance of oral health in a healthy life. For more information, visit or call 410.706.0600.

The mission of the National Dental Association is to continually enhance the skills of its members, recruit under-represented minorities into the profession, and create opportunities for research among its members and the communities they serve. The National Dental Association is dedicated to elevating the health status of the underserved by serving as advocates in the public arena and private sector in order to increase their access to care. For more information, visit

The mission of the California African American Museum is to research, collect, preserve and interpret for public enrichment, the history, art and culture of AfricanAmericans with emphasis on California and the western United States.

The museum is located at 600 State Drive in Exposition Park and is openWednesday through Saturday, 10am - 4pm. Admission is free. Parking is $6.For more information, please call 213/744-7432 or email us The California African American Museum is a State ofCalifornia Museum, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor.

SOURCE: California African American Museum

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