History & Legacy


From the Atlantic slave trade to HeLa cells: How racist myths persist in modern medicine

Health-care disparities and vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. have been brought to the forefront of national conversation in light of the pandemic and the resurgence of Black Lives Matter.  

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Investigating the life and legacy of Johns Hopkins

Last December, it was discovered that Johns Hopkins, the University’s namesake and founder, owned enslaved people, invalidating the narrative that he was a lifelong abolitionist.

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Improving the Black pre-med experience at Hopkins and nationwide

“As Black students begin the daunting process of applying to medical school, the structural racism and inequality that they experience is not always visible to the public,” Shavonia Wynn wrote in an email to The News-Letter


How has Hopkins contributed to and perpetuated redlining in Baltimore?

Over the course of the past year, researchers have found that residents of low-income, majority-Black neighborhoods in Baltimore and cities across the country are at a higher risk of contracting and dying from COVID-19. 

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