African-American hospitals have been major caregivers in black communities for most of this century.  Yet, their continued existence in the 21st century is in doubt.  Cassandra Newby-Alexander (Norfolk State University) is writing a history of black hospitals in Virginia and their impact on health care.  Bill Rodgers (William and Mary) has conducted research that shows fortunes have turned for young black males.  Where previously they fared poorly in good economic times, they’re now benefiting from a booming economy.

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