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Howard University Hosts National African-American Dentistry Exhibit The Future is Now!

Washington, D.C., January 29, 2006 –   The Future is Now! African Americans in Dentistry exhibit will begin at Howard University with a VIP “welcome and get acquainted” reception on Monday, January 30, 2006 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, 501 W Street, N.W. Four Washington, D.C. dental professionals will be featured as “Hometown Heroes” in this exhibition created by the Baltimore-based Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry (NMD), an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, appearing at Howard University’s Louis Stokes Health Science Library through May 15, 2006. 

“We are proud to host the fifth leg of this important national tour, especially during the 125th anniversary of Howard’s College of Dentistry,” said Dean Leo Rouse, D.D.S., F.A.C.D.  “We look forward to many visitors, including school groups to highlight important roles that African-Americans have played and continue to play in the dental community.”

The Future is Now! African Americans in Dentistry includes dramatic portraits, moving memoirs and inspirational stories of individual and collective achievements of African-Americans in dentistry. Of particular interest is “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” focusing on ten prominent achievers in the dental field,  an audio component which shares stories of Dr. Clifton Dummett, preeminent dental historian and educator, and Dr. Jeanne Craig Sinkford, the first female dean of a dental school.

Unique to each host city is the “Hometown Heroes” panels featuring photographs and biographies of the movers and shakers who paved the way for African-Americans’ success as dental professionals. Our “Hometown Heroes” are all Howard University College of Dentistry alumni – Dr. Arnett A. Anderson, Class of 1962; Dr. Victor L. Hancock, Class of 1960; Dr. Frank L. Shuford, Class of 1953; and Dr. Eddie G. Smith, Class of 1959.

The national tour is a collaborative effort between the National Museum of Dentistry and the National Dental Association (NDA), including a strong national network of local dental communities, universities, organized dentistry and local communities working together to present positive role models, past and present in dentistry. Locally, the exhibit is hosted by the Robert T. Freeman Dental Society (local NDA chapter), the Howard University College of Dentistry, the Louis Stokes Health Science Library and Howard University.

The first museum exhibition dedicated to honoring the important achievements of African-Americans in the dental profession, The Future is Now! African Americans in Dentistry, was developed by the NMD in Baltimore in 2002, where it was on display until the launch of the national tour in Los Angeles in July 2004.  Previous national tour sites include Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago. The exhibit was made possible by the generous support of the National Dental Association Foundation in partnership with Colgate-Palmolive and the American Dental Association Foundation, including a strong national network of local dental communities, universities, organized dentistry and local communities.

Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library

501 W Street, N.W.

Washington, DC 20059

202-884-1520

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - midnight

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - midnight

Sunday: 2:30 p.m. - midnight

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seveFulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.Howard.edu.

About National Museum of Dentistry

The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, a Smithsonian Institute Affiliate, is a lively national center where visitors learn the importance of a healthy smile and are fascinated by the rich history of dentistry.  The permanent exhibition, 32 Terrific Teeth is a home of celebrity smiles, Queen Victoria’s gilded dental instruments, George Washington’s not-so-wooden teeth and the Tooth Jukebox – playing vintage dental commercials.  The museum offers a wide variety of changing exhibitions and celebrations for the family throughout the year.

In November 2003, President Bush signed into law a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress designating the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry as the nation’s official dental museum.  www.dentalmuseum.com

About the National Dental Association

The mission of the National Dental Association is to continually enhance the skills of its members, recruit under-represented minorities into the profession, and create opportunities for research among its members and the communities they serve.  The National Dental Association is dedicated to elevating the health status of the underserved by serving as advocates in the public arena and private sector in order to increase their access to care.  www.ndaonline.org

 

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Note to Media:  Media representatives must contact the Office of University Communication (Stacie Royster, media relations manager) to gain clearance to campus to cover the exhibit.

 

 

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