Radio Facts
HBCU

Letter from Dean Hugh Mighty

June 5, 2020

To My University Medical Community:

Earlier this week, I sent a letter to address the situations that confronts us: both the global epidemic as well as the tragic murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black men and women in our communities.

In that letter, I made reference to the fact that “all lives matter” and have since heard from many of you that were deeply offended by that phrase.

First, let me apologize for my choice of words and for using that phrase in particular. It was never my intention to erase or diminish the value of Black lives. Let me state unequivocally that Black lives matter. As health care professionals, we must continue to deliver unbiased and high-quality care to all who need it – especially members of the Black community – some of whom, because of structural inequalities, have limited access to proper care and treatment. It is clearly better for me to have stated that, rather than to use the phrase. Again, I am deeply sorry for my choice of words. It was never my intention to negate the tenets of the Black Lives Matter movement or diminish the importance of the momentum that we have gained in our fight against injustice and racism. 

As President Frederick stated last week: “No pandemic, no declining economy, no period of prosperity, and no cure for every medical ailment will undo or hide the realities of the Black experience. We must bring consistency to that struggle and focus our intellect and passion daily to prepare for the hard work that must be done to confront evil and systematic oppression.” 

I again apologize for my poor choice of words, and reiterate that I stand with and behind our Howard Community at all times.

In Truth and Service,

Hugh E. Mighty, MD, MBA, FACOG

Dean, College of Medicine, and Vice President of Clinical Affairs

Howard Newsroom Staff


Subscribe to Radio Facts

* indicates required


Related posts

Morgan State University Enters the World of Filmmaking with First Offering of Documentary About Philanthropist Calvin Tyler

Radio Facts

Morgan State to Bestow Honorary Degrees to Vanguards of Social Justice and the Black Experience

Radio Facts

Pinky Cole’s Surprise Gift to Every CAU Graduate in Atlanta

Radio Facts

HBCU College Day and Career Fair Expo at Texas Southern University

Radio Facts

Grambling State Appoints Penya M. Moses as COO

Radio Facts

Phylicia Rashad Disagrees With Sister Debbie Allen Over Howard University Protests

Ayanna Cymone

Gallot Reflects on Five Years as Grambling State University President

Radio Facts

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.(R) Contributes $1.6 Million to Black Colleges and Universities

Radio Facts

The National Science Foundation Awards Clark Atlanta University a $3.6 Million Research and Education Grant Towards the Development of Next Generation Electronic Materials

Radio Facts

Leave a Comment