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Friday, February 08, 2019

An Extraordinary Man
Walters State Community College will honor the legacy of Newport’s Dr. Dennis Branch with a showing of “An Extraordinary Man.” Produced by history professor Dr. Marc McClure, the documentary highlights the remarkable career of an African American physician who practiced medicine in Newport from 1915-1964. The showing will be at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, in the lyceum of the Dr. Wade B. McCamey Student Services Building on the Morristown Campus. No tickets or reservations are needed. “The community felt so much love and loyalty for an African-American doctor years before the civil rights movement,” McClure said. Early in his medical career, his knowledge and the treatments he provided drew many Newport residents to his practice. “I think breaking racial barriers were just the outcome of how he lived his life. He took care of anyone he could and he didn’t distinguish. He treated everyone the same,” McClure said. Branch came to Newport to practice medicine despite being warned of the prejudices held by many in East Tennessee. McClure said that Branch thought his services were needed in the area. When he first arrived, he joined missionaries who were traveling to see people living in the mountains. Following the screening of “An Extraordinary Man,” a panel discussion will feature McClure with Robert J. Booker, an author and East Tennessee historian; Carlene Robinson, a former Branch patient; Jim Stokely, who remembers Branch as a family friend. The showing is part of Walters State’s celebration of Black History Month.


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