Racism in America

Understanding Medical Racism and Its Impact on African Americans and Indigenous People in the 20th Century

Medical Racism in America: How far back does medical racism go? Does it still exist in our society? If so, how deep is systemic medical racism threaded in our communities? Through a historical context, this two-part series will examine how colonialism in America paved the foundation for scientific racism and white superiority, providing the Europeans with the “rational and moral justification for slavery.” We will analyze the impact that scientific racism has had on medical research and practices, and distinguish between the impact and legacy of medical racism on the trust and willingness of Black and Indigenous communities to participate in medical research and antiracism efforts. 

The series is facilitated by Fran L. Lassiter, Ph.D., Professor of English, Montgomery County Community College.


Session 1
What Is the History of Medical Racism in the 20th Century, and How Did Medical Racism Impact African American Communities?

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February 23, 2022, 12:30-2 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

Presented by Maranda C. Ward, Ed.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership, George Washington University

Dr. Ward will examine how colonialism in America began the foundation work of scientific racism and white superiority. In addition, she will describe how the supposed “scientifically proven” inferiority of Black and Indigenous populations provided the Europeans with the rational and moral justification for slavery, establishing both scientific racism and white saviorism.

The lecture is free, however tickets are required.

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Session 2
What Are We Doing Today that Proactively Destroys Medical Racism Moving Forward?

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March 2, 2022, 12:30-2 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

Presented by Maranda C. Ward, Ed.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership, George Washington University

In this follow-up session, Dr. Ward will discuss the impact scientific racism has had on modern medical research and practices; and distinguish between the impact and legacy of medical racism on the trust and willingness of Black and Indigenous communities to participate in medical research and antiracism efforts.

The lecture is free, however tickets are required.

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Discussion on Race Follow-Up Workshop
Hearing and Healing: A Reflection on the Racism in America Series

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March 11, 2022, 12-12:45 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

Presented by Keima Sheriff, Ed.D., Dean of Holistic Support, Montgomery County Community College

Dr. Sheriff will lead semi-structured discussions on racism in America, reflecting the themes presented in the workshops that allow people to process their thoughts and feelings on what they have learned. She hopes to give people agency over their lives and become more engaged and encouraged to actively participate in the healing and reimagining of race in America. The discussion is free however, registration is required.

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Meet Our Sponsors

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MCCC Foundation
 

The Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Social Peace and Justice is supported through an endowment made from the William Penn Foundation through the Bennett Fund of the Montgomery County Community College Foundation.