Recognizing Harvey Lillard and Dr. Fred Rubel in Chiropractic History
Harvey Lillard and Dr. Fred Rubel are two influential figures in the history of chiropractic. Their contributions, though often overlooked, have significantly impacted the field.
The First Chiropractic Patient
A janitorial company owner from Davenport, Iowa, underwent the first chiropractic adjustment administered by DD Palmer in 1895. This event, documented by Palmer, is considered a pivotal moment in chiropractic history.
Dr. Fred Rubel
The First Black Chiropractor
Dr. Fred Rubel's journey in chiropractic history began after Harvey Lillard's historic chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer in 1895. Graduating from the National School of Chiropractic in 1913, Dr. Rubel became the first certified Black chiropractor. However, racial barriers persisted in chiropractic education, and institutions like the Palmer School of Chiropractic excluded Black individuals like Dr. Rubel.
Despite these challenges, Dr. Rubel's determination remained unwavering. In 1914, he is credited for having taken a bold step forward by establishing the Rubel College of Chiropractic with his own institutional legislation permitting anyone to attend. This groundbreaking move not only broke down racial barriers but also provided opportunities for aspiring chiropractors of all backgrounds.
Dr. Rubel's journey highlights the resilience and trailblazing spirit of Black individuals in shaping the chiropractic profession. His dedication to overcoming adversity and creating avenues for diversity and inclusion continues to inspire generations of chiropractors.
Their legacies highlight the important role of Black individuals in shaping the chiropractic profession. As we commemorate their contributions, it's essential to recognize their impact and ensure their stories are preserved for future generations.