When Dr. Joseph Joyner moved to San Diego in 1967, he offered black children of the city’s southeast community and their parents a professional face most of them never had seen before: a pediatrician who looked like them.

In the black community, “Children would go to a general practitioner or family practitioner, but until he came there was no real pediatrician,” said Dr. Leon Kelley, a longtime partner of Dr. Joyner. “He was really cherished.”

Dr. Joyner had originally envisioned a life in academic medicine, but when he came to occupy a more distinctive role, it became very important to him, said one of his daughters, Vallera Johnson.

Dr. Joseph Joyner, African American Pediatrician, African American Doctor, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).

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