Digital poster for event hosted by Harvard Public Health and Harvard FXB. Features event title, "Can reparations close the racial health gap?" Also features a brief summary of the event: "A symposium examing the persistent toll of anti-Black racism and avenues for redress."

A Toxic Legacy: How the History of Systemic Anti-Black Racism Shapes Health

In partnership with Harvard Public Health magazine, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights will host a free, in-person symposium at Harvard University’s Martin Center. Throughout the day, speakers will examine the challenging question of how to redress centuries of anti-Black racism – and how to ensure that reparations are designed with the long-term health of Black communities and individuals in mind. Speakers will bring a wide range of expertise in law, policy, public health, history, media, and community organizing.

As part of this all-day symposium, IHJE founding director Ruqaiijah Yearby will join a panel to discuss “A Toxic Legacy: How the History of Systemic Anti-Black Racism Shapes Health.”

Panel Participants

  • Cornell William Brooks, JD, MDiv (Panel Moderator)
  • William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr., PhD
  • Dania V. Francis, MA, PhD
  • Jemadari Kamara, PhD
  • Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH


Nov 03 2022


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Martin Center, Harvard University


Harvard Public Health
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