Thursday, September 23, 2021

Paths of Excellent Special Event: A Conversation with Dr. William G Anderson

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Born in 1927 as the grandson of slaves, he served in the US Navy during World War II. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Alabama State University, he graduated from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1949. After completing his residency in Flint Michigan, he was initially prevented from treating patients due to segregationist policies. He became a leader in the civil rights movement, taking part in hundreds of civil rights marches and was imprisoned. He was a friend and physician to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jackie Robinson, and Rosa Parks. He supported protesters from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee which staged sit-ins at establishments across the south. He continues to teach at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
• Bring a blanket or lawn chair

Please join us to hear Dr. William Anderson discuss the challenges he surmounted prior to and after becoming a physician.