[Quentin Young tape #3]

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Dr. Quentin Young at the house which Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. lived in Chicago in the 1960s, as well as Cook County Hospital, speaking on the Chicago healthcare system and the need for national health insurance.

00:05 We hear an introduction of the scene on the background track; it’s September 18th, 2008 and this is the third take. The location is Dr. Martin Luther King’s former house.

01:05 The video cuts to its first shot, one that sweeps across an empty lot, then back to it the initial point of focus: a water improvement program sign.

02:00 Several more b-roll shots follow, all of the same lots or ones surrounding it. Much like the previous two Quentin Young tapes, the video here seems to be at half-speed, while the audio is played at normal speed.

03:50 Directions can be heard being given to Quentin Young, yet he does not begin any narration nor appear on video.

05:00 B-roll shots continue, as does the lack of narration.

06:10 We again hear directions being given to Dr. Young, and he finally appears on the video. He walks towards the camera slowly, as the instructions are for him to look natural.

07:00 “I am sad,” Dr. Young says as he reflects on the history of the area in which he stands. “The guy was shot a year later,” he adds, presumably in reference to Dr. King’s assassination.

07:20 Dr. Young reflects on his feelings on seeing Dr. King’s former residence reduced to an empty lot. He points out that Dr. King was unique as a major activist in that he lived in the “ghetto.”

08:40 Dr. Young begins his real narration, this time explaining exactly where it is that he is standing. Some 30-40 years ago, he says, this lot was an apartment building where Dr. King spent his entire time living in Chicago. It’s a bleak omen, then, that this lot is now an empty one.

09:20 Dr. Young can be heard interacting with an acquaintance of his, an interaction in which he queries the man as to what he knows about the area in which they stand.

09:50 Dr. Young’s acquaintance explains that this lot, 1550 Hamlin Street, was where Dr. King lived in the summer of 1966. “He chose the west side of Chicago,” the man says, where Dr. King chose to touch off a national campaign to create more equal housing.

10:45 The man reflects on Dr. King’s choice of Chicago’s West side, noting that the South side is actually more affluent, with some pockets of “black money.” He contrasts this with the more desperate people of the West side, whom he alleges would have been more sympathetic with Dr. King’s radical mission.

11:15 Dr. Young’s acquaintance notes that there is a plan in motion to build some affordable housing on this particular lot where Dr. King once lived.

12:00 Meanwhile, in the video, we see Dr. Young moving about the empty lot and sitting on a railing on the edge of it to do his narration.

12:25 Dr. Young begins his proper narration now, explaining how he was assigned in 1966 to provide health care to Dr. King while he was in Chicago. He also notes that he had encountered Dr. King before, when organizing people from the Medical Committee for Human Rights to go down and provide medical care at protests in the Southern United States.

13:10 Dr. Young notes earlier efforts at fighting Chicago’s discrimination, specifically the Committee to End Discrimination in Chicago Medical Institutions. He says that group proved that private Chicago hospitals were discriminating against people of color.

13:35 Dr. Young begins another take of this bit of narration, restating much of what he had already spoke about.

14:50 Dr. Young adds that his Committee to End Discrimination in Chicago Medical Institutions found that private Chicago hospitals were also discriminating against Black doctors who needed staff assigned to them. The Committees work would lead to legislature directly addressing the problem.

15:20 Dr. Young describes another group which sought to bring equality healthcare in Chicago, the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. This effort also found that serious discrimination existed in the Chicago medical community.

15:50 Dr. Young begins a third take of this bit of narration, again differing little from his previous ones.

16:40 Quoting Dr. King, Dr. Young says that of all the sorts of discrimination, healthcare-related discrimination is the most inhumane.

18:00 Dr. Young seems to have concluded this bit of narration, though the video track continues to show him speaking.

19:10 The video track finally shows Dr. Young’s acquaintance whom we heard from earlier, as the two shake hands and chat.

20:40 We hear instructions being given to Dr. Young again, with the background audio seeming to indicate a change in locale.

21:40 Dr. Young’s narration returns, as he describes his location as the “world-famous” Cook County Hospital.

22:20 After several miscues, Dr. Young begins his narration again, noting that Cook County Hospital was built in 1911 and has a capacity of 3400 beds. “It trained thousands of doctors […] and treated literally millions of patients,” Dr. Young notes, before describing his own experience training there.

22:40 Dr. Young notes that he trained at Cook County from 1947 to 1952 and served as the Chair of the Department of Medicine from 1971 to 1981. He notes that large portions of his life are “embedded” in this hospital.

23:10 Dr. Young attributes the construction 1990s construction of “probably the only new public hospital in America” to the efforts of the community surrounding Cook County Hospital.

23:35 Describing the importance of this hospital to the community around it, Dr. Young then goes to on say it’s this that has convinced him that universal national health insurance is the only measure than can create similarly positive outcomes on such a large scale.

24:00 Dr. Young begins another take of this bit of narration, changing little from his initial words.

25:15 After some interference, Dr. Young begins another take. He again does not change much from his initial take.

26:00 Dr. Young delves deeper into how a strike by Cook County’s residents protesting patient care ended up radically improving that very care.

26:35 Dr. Young again states his belief in the value of a single-payer national health insurance program.

27:20 After being told the film is a wrap, Dr. Young is told to tell a joke to finish it off. So, he does, telling what he refers to as “a doctor joke.”

30:00 Narration track ended, we continue to see Dr. Young on the Video track narrating from the first location. 35:35 The video track cuts away from Dr. Young and to various b-roll shots from around the empty 1550 Hamlin Street lot.

37:40 The video cuts to a construction side, presumably of Cook County Hospital, panning slowly across the vast structure.

43:55 After several minutes of b-roll of Cook County, we finally see Dr. Young standing in front of original 1911 building delivering his narration.

53:45 The video cuts away from Dr. Young and to b-roll shots of the old hospital. Several of these shots show Dr. Young looking on at the old building. More b-roll follows, of people and scenes from around both the old and new hospital.

1:12:00 The film ends with a shot of the boarded-up doors of the old Cook County Hospital.

1:13:58 The film cuts, after several minutes of blank darkness.



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