Black History Month

To start off Black History Month, please read Trustee John Davis’s wonderful series that first appeared in our newsletter, Historical Happenings, about the evolution of the Minority Affairs Committee as it became the current African Heritage Caucus. You may access the articles by clicking here. [Photo to the right is of John Davis]

The PA History Society has numerous other stories about African Americans who helped change the PA profession and who gave back to the world at large. Please watch, listen and read the inspiring oral histories, videos and biographies linked below.

Oral Histories:

Joyce Nichols – first female PA and who helped get the MAC off the ground and was the its first chairperson (Audio).

Earl Echard – Founding member of the Minority Affairs Committee (Audio).

John Davis – Founding member of the Minority Affairs Committee (Video).

Ed Williams – WWII veteran who helped spread the PA concept (Video).

Murl Dotson – One of the few PAs to practice in Mississippi before 2000 and who was instrumental in passing PA legislation in that state (Video).

Howard Straker – A PA educator that was able to combine his passion with advocacy with his chosen profession as a PA (Video).


Karen Bass – The first PA to sit on the US House of Representatives

Joyce Nichols PAragon Awards

Joyce Nichols’s Rural Health Clinic [Photo to the right]

Peggy Valentine – Co-founder of Project Access


Lovest Alexander (PA Educator and advocate for the diversity of the PA profession)

Karen Bass (First PA to be elected to US House of Representatives)

John Davis (Founding member of the Minority Affairs Committee)

Earl Echard (Founding member of the Minority Affairs Committee)

Prentiss Harrison (First African American PA)

Trisha Harris (First African American President of the Student Academy)

Les Howard (PA educator and advocate for diversity in the PA profession)

Robin Hunter-Buskey (First African American Chair of the NCCPA)

Dawn Morton-Rias (First PA to serve as the CEO/Executive Officer of the NCCPA)

Joyce Nichols (First female PA, co-founder of the Minority Affairs Committee, and the Minority Affairs Committee’s first Chair)

Howard Straker (A PA educator, advocate, and Past President of PAEA)

Carl Toney (PA Educator and was recognized in Big Doctoring in America – Profiles in Primary Care (2002) for his efforts of bring healthcare to underserved rural communities)

Janice Tramel (PA Educator, founding member of the African Heritage Caucus, and the first African American PA to chair a state regulatory/licensing agency)

Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell (Prototype PA that inspired the creation of the PA profession!) [Photo to the right]

Steven Turnipseed (First African American in the MEDEX Program and founding member of the Minority Affairs Committee))

Peggy Valentine (one of the co-founders of Project Access)

Robert Wooten (First African American AAPA President)


Minority Affairs Committee Meetings

Project Access

Online Exhibits

Profiles in Black – A booklet created by the African Heritage Caucus containing brief biographies of African-American PAs who have become or who are in the process of becoming leaders in the PA profession.

PA Foundation Scholarships

  1. Prentiss L. Harrison Memorial/African Heritage PA Caucus Scholarship
  2. Joyce Nichols Memorial Scholarship