The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital (2018) Movie Review

Director: Joyce Fitzpatrick, Brian Shackelford

Plot: About the rise and fall of St. Louis, Missouri’s premier black hospital that trained the largest number of Black doctors and nurses in the world from 1937 through 1979, before and after desegregation.

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Interesting History Lesson

Story: The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G Phillips Hospital starts at the history of how the black community in St. Louis first started to come together with Homer G Phillips looking to create change and opportunity in the growing world, including pushing for the end of segregation, before needing to settle with a chance to get the first Black ran hospital, giving doctors a chance to learn for the future.

After Homer G Phillips is murdered, the hospital gets named after him, which soon starts to see the increase in movement in creating opportunities for the black community and a safe place for the patients where they wouldn’t be judged.

Thoughts on The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G Phillips Hospital

Final Thoughts This is an important history lesson about one of the most important buildings in American history, we see how the hospital got its name, from an important activist Homer G Phillips, who fought for equal rights and how his efforts were able to get the hospital opened. We hear different stories of what the hospitals meant to members of the community for the decades, as well as doctors who were given opportunities they would never have gotten at the time. We once again have the spotlight shone on the behaviour which held back certain people potential for such a stupid reason, in a world where if we could have worked together for years, we could have achieved so much more in life. If you want to learn more about history in America and how one building helped in a movement that could have helped the future for many going forward.

Overall: Must watch History.

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