Finally, in behalf of the Medico-Chirurgical Society I commend those officials of the Civilian Defense, the Selective Service, and the District Medical Society who have been guided by the tenets of practical democracy uninfluenced by local custom in their dealings with the Negro physician.

     We have been inspired by the present emergency to hope, that the mutual respect arising from it will result in a post-war community that has moved a little farther toward an ideal which will give each of us an opportunity commensurate with his ability. In this way we may then progress toward true democracy.

Howard M. Payne, M. D.
Medico-Chirurgical Society, Inc.
41 Quincy Place, N. W.
Washington, D. C.


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