Dr. H. Jack Geiger. Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Dr. Geiger, H. Jack, American, born 1926
Interviewed by
Dittmer, John Ph. D., American, born 1939
Subject of
Medical Committee for Human Rights, American, founded 1964
Lee, Canada, American, 1907 - 1952
University of Wisconsin-Madison, American, founded 1848
United States Merchant Marine, American, founded 1775
Congress of Racial Equality, American, founded 1942
American Veterans Committee, American, 1943 - 2008
Case Western Reserve University, American, founded 1826
Tufts-Delta Health Center, American, founded 1965
March 16, 2013
Duration: 03:31:47
The oral history consists of ten digital files: 2011.174.76.1a, 2011.174.76.1b, 2011.174.76.1c, 2011.174.76.1d, 2011.174.76.1e, 2011.174.76.1f, 2011.174.76.1g, and 2011.174.76.1h, 2011.174.76.1i, and 2011.174.76.1j.
Dr. Jack Geiger, (MD, MSciHyg) discusses his early life experiences and how he came to be a leading figure in the Medical Committee for Human Rights. He describes his childhood in New York City, where he found a mentor in actor Canada Lee, his college experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his time as a U.S. Merchant Marine. He discusses his involvement in the Congress of Racial Equality and the American Veterans Committee in Chicago during the late 1940s. While attending medical school at Case Western Reserve University, Geiger's interest in community-centered health grew, especially after a trip to South Africa. He eventually volunteered as a medical professional in Mississippi, where he helped to establish the Tufts-Delta Health Center in 1965.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0076
Place collected
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States, North and Central America
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
South Africa, Africa
Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
American South
Associations and institutions
Civil rights
Social reform
United States--History--1961-1969
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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