ANJC Recognizes Black History Month
African-American is First Chiropractic Patient
In celebration of Black History Month, the ANJC recognizes the contribution of African-Americans to the profession of chiropractic.
The very first chiropractic patient was Harvey Lillard, a deaf African-American entrepreneur, back in 1895. He told D.D. Palmer he lost his hearing years earlier when he bent over and heard something pop in his back. Medical doctors were unable to help him.
D.D. Palmer thought the popping sound in Mr. Lillard’s back and his deafness must be related. He examined Mr. Lillard and discovered that one of his vertebrae was not in its normal position. Palmer wrote in his notes afterward: “I racked it into position by using the spinous process as a lever, and soon the man could hear as before.”
That moment was the birth of the profession of chiropractic.
Palmer College of Chiropractic ‘s Student American Black Chiropractic Association (SABCA) was established in honor of Mr. Lillard and his profound impact on the profession and promote the expansion of chiropractic as a health-care system.
Other chiropractic colleges have established scholarships in Mr. Lillard’s name.