Dr. David Satcher knows a thing or two about Black health. He was president of historically Black, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, before President Bill Clinton appointed him U.S. surgeon general, a job that Satcher held from 1998 to 2002. Satcher now directs the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine. Some of Satcher’s missions there are to develop a more diverse generation of public health leaders and to eliminate health-care disparities in the population.
I remember a towering, kind, and genteel law professor who taught us how to craft our arguments to the jury in order to collect monetary damages on behalf of injured clients. Before many states instituted the current monetary limits on what an injured person could recover in court, lawyers like him appealed to personal outrage and the great sympathy of the jury. Juries, moved by these arguments, would often award huge sums to the victims or families of the victims to “make them whole again.”