Covid-19 Story Tip: Fighting the Pandemic of Racism: Johns Hopkins Takes a Knee


To acknowledge the senseless murder of George Floyd and countless others across this nation, the medical residents of the House Staff Diversity Council at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the national organization White Coats for Black Lives, hosted a demonstration at 1 p.m. on June 5 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to take a stand against police brutality and to pay respects to Floyd and the many other victims of oppression and racism.

Demonstrators knelt for 10 minutes and recited the names of victims of police brutality. About 350 medical professionals attended, and many others throughout the Johns Hopkins Health System participated at their hospitals in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Florida.

To take precautions against COVID-19, proper social distancing measures were observed and masks were required.

Medical residents from the House Staff Diversity Council are available for interview. Additional images are available upon request.

More information about this demonstration can be found on the Johns Hopkins University Hub.

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