The two-mile “Freedom Walk” began at the Michigan Street African American Heritage Archway and continued along Michigan Avenue to the Freedom Wall at the corner of East Ferry Street. UB’s Clinical and Translational Research Center is the glass structure in the background.
George F. Nicholas, pastor of Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church and convener of the African American Health Equity Task Force, addressed the crowd gathered for the Freedom Walk. He is a member of the board of UB’s Community Health Equity Research Institute.
Timothy Murphy, SUNY Distinguished Professor and director of UB’s Community Health Equity Research Institute, and Alan Lesse, senior associate dean for medical curriculum (far left, yellow shirt and orange shirt, respectively), joined in the walk.
“The purpose of the walk is really to symbolize that people are gathering in the community again,” said Nicholas, a member of the board of directors of the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute.
Conference organizers said it was appropriate to gather at the Freedom Wall and near the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which is the oldest Black church in the city of Buffalo. They noted that the conference would be focused less on the health care issues themselves and more on the systems and infrastructure that create the disparities in the first place.
Published August 17, 2021