In this presentation from April 7, 2021, Winfred Williams, MD, and Jamil Sulemana, RN, BSN, discuss kidney disease in the black community, the differences between dialysis and kidney transplant, and when one should consider kidney transplantation.
On June 18, the Massachusetts General Hospital community was treated to a virtual tour of local history as part of the hospital’s Juneteenth celebration. Amelia Benstead, from the National Parks of Boston, led the tour of the Museum of African American History and the area neighboring Mass General, on the north side of Beacon Hill.
You stand in the footsteps of historical titans when you stand on these floorboards.
In 1783, the Massachusetts legislature outlawed slavery. Freed Blacks created a community in this neighborhood, which at the time was very affordable. In the 1850s, the neighborhood included safe houses that were part of the underground railroad, where Blacks who had escaped from slavery in other states protected one another from slave catchers.
This neighborhood is central to the history of education in our state. Benstead told the story of William Cooper Nell, who grew up on Beacon Hill. He won an award for students—but was not allowed to attend the awards dinner at Faneuil Hall because he was Black. A white school board official said it was a shame, and Nell wondered why the teacher didn’t do anything. Nell became a leader in the movement for integration. Massachusetts formally desegregated schools in 1855, 99 years before federal desegregation, although de facto segregation remained a problem. The Abiel Smith School on Beacon Hill is now part of the Museum of African American History, up the hill from Mass General.
The virtual tour ended at the African Meeting House, a church and the place of recruitment for the all-Black Massachusetts 54th Regiment in the Union Army during the Civil War. Benstead encouraged everyone to take an in-person tour of this historic site when it reopens, saying, “You stand in the footsteps of historical titans when you stand on these floorboards.”
- Feb | 26 | 2021
Employees were invited to celebrate the virtual launch of Black Excellence @ Mass General Brigham. The group provides a new affirming space for Black employees to create a community of support to encourage the welcoming, success, and advancement of Black employees at Mass General Brigham.
- Feb | 25 | 2021
Black History Month 2021
- Feb | 4 | 2021
Mass General staff had the opportunity to take part in three virtual celebrations to honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and illuminate his goals of racial equity and justice. Leaders reflected on King’s emphasis on equity in health care as a racial justice issue.
- Feb | 4 | 2021
In January, Mass General staff had the opportunity to take part in three virtual celebrations to honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and illuminate his goals of racial equity and justice.
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- Jan | 14 | 2021
In recent webinars entitled “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People,” more than 1,300 Harvard faculty and others tuned in to hear from Mahzarin Banaji, PhD, professor of social ethics in Harvard’s Psychology Department.