A presentation is planned for Thursday evening at Mayo Clinic to celebrate Black History Month.
Dr. Camara Jones, a senior fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker at the event that's been organized by the African Descendants Mayo Employee Resource Group. She works as a family physician and epidemiologist focused on the impact of racism on the health and well-being of the nation, according to a Mayo Clinic news release.
Her presentation is titled "Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a National Campaign Against Racism."
It's scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Mayo's Geffen Auditorium, which is located just off the center atrium in the Gonda Building in downtown Rochester. It's free and open to the public.
The meeting is meant to honor community leader and activist George Gibbs, but it comes against an racially-charged national backdrop stemming from police shootings and other confrontations throughout the country.
The evocation of Gibbs' name may also rile some locals, as Rochester Public Schools has an elementary school named in his honor. Local activists have called for RPS to apologize for racism related to a 2015 Office of Civil Rights report that found black students have been disproportionately disciplined.