Blackity Black History Month: ATL Icon Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice

Blackity Black History Month: Atlanta Icon Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice.

We are the ones we have been waiting for. We have a lot of influence. We need the Morehouse School of Medicine. If we don’t address the health disparities, who will?”

— Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice at the “Power of Women” luncheon, sharing that health disparities among different communities in the United States cannot be ignored.


A Georgia native, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is an Atlanta icon as just the sixth person, and first woman, to serve as president of the Morehouse School of Medicine. She has committed her career to making health care more equitable.

Prior to joining MSM, she held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers, including academic health centers. Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

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Each day this month, we'll be sharing wise words from Black Atlanta icons — some who are household names and some who you may not know. Atlanta history IS Black history, and this is our way of sharing it.

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