As part of Jackson Health System’s observance of Black History Month, members of our team will share their reflections on the important history and future of the black community at Jackson and in South Florida.

Myrtle’s Story

Myrtle E. Perdue, R.N

During this month, I seize this God-given moment to herald the voices of those who are no longer with us, and remind me of the sacrifices made for social justice.

Black History Month is a tribute to the visionaries, who proved that no matter how impossible the obstacles that we placed in our path, we can overcome them. Black History Month is more than a legislated reflection on African American achievers, but rather a tribute to a generational legacy that continues to be a catalyst, and awakens our awareness of who we are.

We are champions of change and, together, difference makers in mankind. 

With all my heart, I pay tribute to the life and legacy of great visionaries like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and many others who made an impact in shaping our world and our communities.

The sacrifices of these icons helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act reshaped our nation and marked a monumental step forward. Its laws and regulations, to this day, play a role in our daily lives. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, allows for freedom of profession without the fear of discrimination. The privilege of voting is another example of the progress we’ve made. It has been 50 years since the Voting Rights Act was passed, allowing for equal voting standards, giving us the most important freedom as Americans.

I am proud to be an employee of an organization that values historical changes in the landscape of America. As the culture at Jackson changes, our leadership continues to recognize and value the contribution of African Americans and demonstrates commitment to the people and diversity in Miami-Dade County.

For years, the people of Miami-Dade have continued to show support and trust in Jackson. And with voices of community advocates,  such as Sandra “Sandy” Sears, the Honorable Carrie Meek, Thelma Gibson, Commissioner Betty Ferguson, and Ira Clark, Jackson paved the way for healthcare access, not only for African Americans, but for all citizens of Miami-Dade County.

I believe in Jackson’s mission, and believe Jackson will continue to honor our heritage.


Myrtle E. Perdue, R.N
Associate Director
North Dade Health Clinic