I was reading the obituary today for Jack Geiger, the socially minded doctor who put his expertise to use in order to solve poverty. It’s really fascinating. In 1970, a documentary called Out in the Rural was made highlighting his rural health clinic in Bolivar County, Mississippi. As Geiger makes clear, this was really quite revolutionary, an attempt to get around white Mississippians hatred of Black rights by initially focusing on community health while also starting farm co-ops and Black owned bookstores for rural people. Here it is.
Geiger’s whole life was pretty amazing. One of the unsung heroes of modern America.