Tuskegee University to mark anniversary of Clinton’s apology for ‘Tuskegee Experiment’

Updated: 3/28/2014 10:03 AM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION

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TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 27, 2014) — Tuskegee University,  April 1-4, will commemorate the 17th anniversary of former President Bill Clinton’s apology for the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study. Known as the “Tuskegee Experiment,” from 1932-1972, hundreds of black men in Macon County, Alabama who participated in the government study were denied adequate treatment for syphilis and their health as well as that of their families suffered for decades.

Claudine Brown

The commemoration marks the 1997 apology President Clinton made to the victims of the infamous experiment. This year, the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care events include a public health ethics intensive course, lectures and panel discussions on campus. Among the several topics for this year’s lectures include: “Justice, Food Systems and the Agricultural Black Belt,” “Science and Spirituality: Conflict or Compromise?” and “Landscaping Global Public Health in a Social Justice Context Beyond Epidemiology”. All events will be held in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University.

Claudine Brown, assistant secretary of Education and Access at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. will address the 17th Annual Commemoration President Bill Clinton National Apology Luncheon on April 4 at 12p.m.

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