Uniting for Justice and Health Equity

Photo by Benjamin Lee

Following the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd in the spring of 2020, a group of internal medicine residents began planning a small vigil for Black lives at the Brigham. Word spread so quickly that hundreds of people from throughout the Brigham filled the large expanse of Stoneman Park on June 5, 2020.

At the gathering, members of the hospital community led reflections on the injustices of systemic, institutional, and interpersonal racism in the U.S. The vigil galvanized a movement across the Brigham, sparking greater awareness and action for health equity and racial justice.