Howard, T. R. M., 1908-1977


Born in 1908 in Murray, Kentucky Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard attended Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama and Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska before going on to medical school at College of Medical Evangelists in Loma Linda, California. After marrying Helen Nela Boyd in 1935, Howard completed his residency in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1942, Howard and his family moved to the all-black town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi where he worked as a surgeon and became an outspoken activist and leader in the civil rights movement. Howard founded the Regional Council of Negro Leadership in 1951 and rose to prominence as a national civil rights figure during the investigation into the murder of Emmett Till and its subsequent trial. Following persistent death threats, Howard moved his family to Chicago, Illinois. While in Chicago, Howard became president of the National Medical Association and founded the Howard Medical Center.

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