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Examine photographs, publications, and correspondence that document a life of advocacy for equality and justice in health care.

Leonidas Berry, M.D. (1902–1995) devoted his life to combating segregation and what are known today as racial disparities in health. Berry was a physician, researcher, and medical innovator. He was well known for his Chicago medical practice and his contributions to gastroenterology and addiction treatment. As an African American, Berry faced discrimination throughout his career, leading him to become a pioneering leader in the fight for equal rights in medical care.

The Leonidas H. Berry Papers, part of the collections at the National Library of Medicine, illustrate many aspects of his life, career, and activism, particularly from the civil rights era.