The National Leadership School for Strategic Organizing
Present an Evening with our Friend and Comrade
My Family, My Life, and Thoughts into an Uncertain Future
In Conversation with
Robin D.G. Kelley, Akunna Uka, and Eric Mann
Dr. MaryLouise Patterson is a retired general pediatrician from Weill-Cornell Medical College and New York Hospital in New York City. Born in Chicago to two Leftist activists and members of the Communist Party, Louise and William Patterson, she grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her medical degree from Patrice Lumumba Friendship University in Moscow, USSR and a Master’s of Public Health, from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the first African-
She gives talks to public school classes, lectures on racism in health care, participates in numerous Civil Rights, Social Justice and Peace struggles. She has been a member of the IFCO/Pastors for Peace medical advisory committee for the Cuban Latin American Medical School, ELAM, which selects US students to study medicine on full scholarship in Cuba. She is on the Board of the New York Metro Physicians for a National Health Program which is fighting for universal single payer health care in the US.
She is co-author of the book, “Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond”. It’s the edited 40 year correspondence between her and her co-author’s parents and Langston Hughes. It’s available online and in bookstores.