Monroe Majors’ friend ran into the living room, frantically waving a piece of wrinkled paper. As Majors read it, his heart sunk. It seemed like the rumors were true.
They couldn’t join racist white medical associations, so Majors and 13 other Texas doctors had started the 2nd African American Medical Association in the U.S. Whites, upset at their success, hatched a horrific plan in response.
As he read the note, he was filled with a heavy sense of dread. Still, he remained calm.
Medicine was a sacred calling to Majors – and he vowed to continue helping his people despite white threats and oppression, even if it meant escaping a dangerous situation.
Self-respect can mean valuing one’s life, work, and family more than one’s pride. If we recognize this, we can achieve our ultimate goal of helping and uplifting our people for generations to come.