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Black History Month

Each year, KU Medical Center commemorates Black History Month with events and community spotlights to honor and remember Black history while engaging in meaningful conversations and celebrations. Learn more about how you can get involved.

Black History Month at KU Medical Center Events and Activities

Spotlights: KU Medical Center Community Member Biographies

Learn about the background and careers of Black and African American Faculty, Staff, Residents, and Students, as well as their journey to KUMC. Digital posters may be viewed online and will also be featured on the KU Medical Center - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion social media channels.

VIEW SPOTLIGHTS

Breaking Barriers Exhibits

View interactive exhibits about the desegregation of KU School of Medicine in 1938 and the first graduates of each of our schools

Summer 1838 Exhibit  First African American Graduates Exhibit

2021 Event Recordings

View all videos on YouTube, or view the playlist below.

Jayhawk Coffee Break

February 3

As we kick-off Black History Month, join us during a special Jayhawk Coffee Break for the opportunity to connect with your colleagues. Our coffee break will highlight the faculty, staff, and students featured on the Black History Month biographical posters.

Community Conversation

Turning the Page: "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" by Beverly Daniel Tatum
February 9

Systemic racism has a major impact on health disparities in America. Join us for discussion on the Introduction, Chapter 1, and Chapter 2 on the book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?", by Beverly Daniel Tatum. The discussions are led by Kristina Bridges, Ph.D., senior research associate in family medicine and community health research division.

Student National Medical Association -Student of Color Panel: Sharing our Stories

February 12

KU Medical Center students of color share their educational journeys to entering the School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, and School of Nursing. Participants will have the ability to engage in a meaningful discussion on how to navigate admittance into a professional school. View recording on YouTube

History of Desegregation at KU Medical Center Panel

February 16

Dr. Jason Glenn, Associate Professor in History and Philosophy of Medicine, will moderate a panel who will be discussing, "The History of Black and African American Students at KU Medical Center." Our panel members will be invited to share with us their experiences in those early years and perspectives that will help our audience appreciate our history and the work ahead.

KU Health System - Black History Month Virtual Prayer Breakfast

February 17

Healing and Unity Event

February 18

Dr. Rodney Smith and Stephenie Smith will deliver a keynote address addressing how the Black and African American community can heal from the harm caused by society, harm caused among one another within the Black and African American community, and how we can unite as a community to heal. Participants will engage in a healing and unifying community activity.

Clinical Culture and Diversity Series 

Legacies of ‘The Venus Hottentot": Black Women's Bodies in Culture & Medicine
February 19

The Clinical Culture and Diversity Series explores issues related to inter-cultural communication in the clinical setting. University of Kansas Professor and President of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, Dr. Anatol will be our featured presenter.

Faculty of Color Panel: Sharing our Stories

February 23

KU Medical Center faculty of color will share their educational journey, professional, and personal experiences that relate to their development as faculty. Participants will have the ability to engage in a meaningful discussion on how to navigate as future leaders in the healthcare industry and broaden their mentor network. View recording on YouTube

Black History Month Research Day

Learn about the research conducted by KU's Black and African American Faculty, Staff, Residents, and Students. Digital Posters and Presentations followed by a luncheon and The Dr. Patricia A. Thomas Keynote Address by Dr. Consuelo Wilkins, Professor of Medicine, Vice President for Health Equity, and Associate Dean for Health Equity at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. View recording on YouTube

Black History Month Research Day 2021 Program (PDF)

Black History Month Research Day 2021 (PDF)

Student National Medical Association - Behind COVID panel: Medical Distrust in the Black Community

February 24

Join the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) as they host a panelist of experts who will address COVID-19 and the medical distrust in the Black Community. View recording on YouTube

Student National Medical Association and Socially Responsible Surgeons - MAPS Panel: A Day in the Life of a Surgeon

February 25

Join the Socially Responsible Surgeons (SRS) and Student National Medical Association (SNMA) will host a panel of surgeons who will provide insight into their everyday lives. View recording on YouTube

Student National Medical Association and Socially Responsible Surgeons

February 26

Dr. Jason Glenn Presentation on the Utilization of Enslaved Bodies in Medicine. View recording on Youtube

Past Event Information
January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service

Join friends and colleagues for a day of Join service honoring the life and achievements of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

February 4: Jayhawk Coffee Break

The Black History Month Advisory Group is an extension of the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Cabinet Programming Committee. Members will be on hand to share information about their current activities and events. 

February 6: Black Archives of Mid‐America

(1722 E. 17th Terrace, KCMO 64106)
Dr. Jason Glenn, Associate Professor in History and Philosophy of Medicine, will present “Policing as a Source of Health Inequity: The Racial Foundations of Criminal Justice in America.” A reception and tour of the Archives museum (located in the 18th and Vine Jazz
District) will follow.

Clendening History of Medicine Exhibit

Murphy Lobby and School of Nursing Atrium
See stories of the first African American students to graduate from KU Schools of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing.

February 12: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cabinet Meeting

The quarterly meeting of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cabinet will include reports and information on their strategic action items.

Student National Medical Association Events

SNMA plans events throughout the week of February 17‐21. Special Presentation given by
Dr. Akinlolu Ojo, Executive Dean of KU School of Medicine, Feb. 18, Noon.

February 25: Black History Month Research Day

Learn about the research conducted by KU’s Faculty and Students of Color. Digital Posters and Presentations followed by a luncheon and The Dr. Patricia A. Thomas Keynote Address: 2019 State of Black Kansas City by Ms. Gwen Grant of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City.

Additional Opportunities

Check out other events organized by the Black Archives of Mid‐America in Kansas City.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

University of Kansas Medical Center
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Mailstop 2015
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-3319
Fax: 913-588-1412