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Black History Month

Black History Month, or African American History Month, is celebrated each February in the United States. This celebration recognizes the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout history to our nation and world.

At the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine we take this opportunity to recognize our outstanding Black alumni who are excelling in clinical practice, academic medicine, research and other fields. The School of Medicine also marks Black History Month with a number of events. These efforts are led by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and our Student National Medical Association chapter.    

2021 Events

The following events are scheduled in celebration of Black History Month 2021:

  • February 10 | 4 p.m. - Disparities in Health Care During the Pandemic panel presented by the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lyceum - >>Click to Join
    • Panelists: Dr. Jerome Gilbert, Marshall University president; Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine; Charles Huff, Marshall University head football coach; Jill Upson, chair of the West Virginia COVID-19 Advisory Commission on African American Disparities and executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs; Dr. Lauri Andress, West Virginia University School of Public Health; Huntington Mayor Steve Williams; and Dr. Leonard White, associate dean of diversity at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, with whom Williams shares a special bond he will discuss.
  • February 8-12 - Black Men in White Coats Documentary Virtual Viewing- >>WATCH THE TRAILER
    • A documentary film to encourage young African American men and boys who dream of becoming a doctor. Registration includes creating an IndieScreening account to enable you to start/stop viewing the 80-minute documentary available Feb 8-12.
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  • February 15 | 6 p.m. - Black Men in White Coats Panel Discussion

>>Learn more about Black History Month activities at Marshall University. 

Black History Month: Alumni Spotlights

Rebecca Phaeton, MD
Class of 2004

An accomplished gynecologic oncologist, researcher, educator and mother, learn more about Dr. Phaeton's journey in academic medicine.

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