Founded in 1881, Howard University College of Dentistry (HUCD) was one of the first United States dental schools to admit women equally as men. Now, HUCD celebrates one-hundred-and-forty years of educating minority dentists, dental specialists, and dental hygienists who practice in fifty states in America and fifty-three foreign countries.
Howard University College of Dentistry 140 Years: Mission, Legacy, and Promise is an inspiring and informative look into the history of Howard University’s dental school and its mission to educate minority dental professionals who offer their skills to marginalized groups across the United States. It highlights how bleak the provision of black dental care was in the United States after the Civil War and how the HUCD has risen to meet a myriad of challenges for over a century.
After two years of meetings, research, retrieval of archival materials, review of oral histories, and delving deep into the heart and soul of the dental school, three authors with close ties to HUCD share the college’s story with pride. The College of Dentistry’s mission, legacy, and promise still continue—Howard Forward!