Black History Month Speaker Series on Health, Race, and Trust

Black History Month Speaker Series on Health, Race, and Trust

In partnership with South Florida People of Color, Barry’s Africana Studies program, College of Arts & Sciences, presents a Black History Month speaker series. It will explore the history of systemic racism in the medical community and how it results in health disparities in the Black community and distrust of medical systems. Medical expert panelists will also discuss COVID-19 vaccine facts and Black communities’ access to the vaccine.

Barry’s Dr. Pamela D. Hall, Associate Professor of Psychology, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and new Director of the Africana Studies Program, will moderate both discussions. The series is open to faculty, staff, students, and the local community.

Systemic Racism, Health Disparities and Access to the COVID Vaccine

This panel will include cardiologist and Associate Professor at Florida International University Dr. Bernard Ashby, and internist and social justice advocate Dr. Cheryl Holder. Dr. Holder is also the Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Community Initiatives at Florida International University. They will discuss how systemic racism impacts our health disparities and access.

Dr. Bernard Ashby

Dr. Cheryl Holder


February 16 | 6:15-7:30 pm

A Conversation with Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid

Award-winning author Harriet Washington will discuss her book, Medical Apartheid, which chronicles the history of medical experimentation on African Americans from the era of slavery to the present day. Ms. Washington will explore environmental racism and the COVID-19 vaccine.

February 22 | 6:00-7:30 pm