A two-year-old David Satcher laid gravely ill with whooping cough and pneumonia. He should have been in a hospital, but he was born in Anniston, Alabama, in 1941. There, like elsewhere across the Deep South, hospitals didn’t admit Black people. It was a pernicious practice of the day that also characterized much of the nation’s history of racism and inequity.
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