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June 19 is Juneteenth in the U.S. What’s a book that’s informed your understanding of racial equality?

The Juneteenth Flag.


Looking for a way to commemorate Juneteenth? Here are a few books to read this summer: “Caste,” “Medical Apartheid,” “Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life,” and “The Men we Reaped,” among others.

Passion in the Medical Profession | June 16, 2023 | <1 min read


Dr. Margaret Chisolm, Johns Hopkins Medicine

The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”


Dr. Jeff Millstein, Penn Medicine

“Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Isabel Wilkerson. Outstanding.

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Dr. Colleen Christmas, Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Fatal Invention,” by @DorothyERoberts and “Medical Apartheid,” by #HarrietAWashington should both be required reading for faculty teaching at med school.

Dr. Scott Wright, Johns Hopkins Medicine

The novel ‘The Vanishing Half,” by Brit Bennett was superb and informative. AND, I have been lucky enough to hear Dr. Camara Jones tell her story about flowers in the garden – so compelling. I think about her messages often – including whenever I see a flower.


Gretchen Miller, Managing Editor, CLOSLER

“The Men We Reaped,” by Jesmyn Ward.

Synopsis from Wikipedia: “Five men in Ward’s life die in the space of four years. All are Black men between the ages of 19–32, including her brother, Joshua . . . Though seemingly unconnected, Ward takes her readers on a journey—personal, familial and communal—showing how they were in reality bonded by identity and place, and how race, poverty, and gender predetermined the outcome of their lives.”

Dr. Mike Fingerhood, Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice And Redemption,” by Bryan Stephenson, which was also made into a movie.

Dr. Kelly Rodenburg

“The Sun of Us,” by @hmcghee. “Between the World and Me,” by @tanahesicoates. “Just Medicine,” by Dayna Bowen Matthew. “The 1619 Project,” by @nhannahjones.

Dr. Andre Lijoi, Wellspan York Hospital

“The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison. “Citizen,” by Claudia Rankine.