March 9, 2016 5:29 am
Kartemquin joins many in Chicago and beyond in saluting the life and work of Dr. Quentin Young, a noted Hyde Park physician and pioneering activist, particularly on issues of segregation and a single payer system of healthcare.
Dr. Young appears in our 1975 film, HSA Strike '75, which is about a 1975 strike - the largest and longest doctors' strike in US history - protesting working conditions at Cook County Hospital, which was the only public hospital in Chicago and where he was Chairman during an era where the hospital mostly served poor and uninsured patients. While Young had advised against the strike, he did not impose any disciplinary action against his staff, and was fired. He filed a lawsuit arguing that his termination was illegal because he was not informed of why he was fired, and was reinstated a month later.
Said HSA Strike '75 director Judy Hoffman: "It was an honor to have documented the 1975 Cook County Hospital Doctor's Strike, where I first met him, then to be treated by him as a caring Doctor, and to have been chosen to direct "Revisiting the Scene: Quentin Young's Chicago," as a tribute to Quentin for his organization, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, in 2009. In making that tape, Quentin showed me the most important sites in Chicago that formed his political commitment."
Dr. Young's progressive politics had previously seen him serve as physician to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1960s, and participate in the 1963 Chicago Public School Boycotts that are at the heart of our current '63 Boycott project.
Learn more about Dr. Young here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-quentin-young-dead-20160308-story....
In memory of his life and work, our friends at Media Burn posted a number of clips from their archive. The first clip is from footage of the HSA Strike '75 by Judy Hoffman, where Dr. Young spoke at a rally after he was fired for deciding not to discipline participants of the strike. The next clip is from a speech at an anti-nuclear rally in 1979, which was documented by Lilly Ollinger. The last two clips come from speeches in honor of his friend (and patient) Studs Terkel, including a memorial for Studs at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2009, which was recorded by Mirko Popadic. Media Burn also has several clips online of raw footage using in producing HSA Strike '75.
From March 18 - 25, HSA Strike '75 will be available for free streaming via http://watch.kartemquin.com as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.