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White Coats for Black Lives: UTSW community honors George Floyd

Two women in scrubs and masks, holding a sign that reads Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane
Registered Nurses Filoshia Barrow (left) and Adrianne Johnson comforted each other as they kneeled for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor the life of George Floyd.

More than 100 UT Southwestern Medical Center students, employees, faculty, researchers and leaders knelt together in silence and solidarity at noon Friday on McDermott Plaza as part of a national White Coats for Black Lives event against racism and inequity. Supporters took a knee in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer kept his knee on the neck of George Floyd, whose death sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and injustice. Many off campus joined a simultaneous virtual online event.

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