“We are tired as a people and exhausted and sad, but there is something different about the death of Mr. Floyd that has united the nation, and today is the first step,” said Mia Mallory, MD, associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion in the UC College of Medicine. “All of us have to be active, and we can’t just use rhetoric, but we have to put words into action. We appreciate the allies we have gathered here today.”
Mallory addressed the audience over a loudspeaker. She urged the crowd to play an active role in solving racial injustice which directly affects the health of patients so many in the medical community serve.
Everyone in the crowd wore a mask and Mallory asked all to turn toward James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy building to kneel.
“Not only do we have our own UC health care community with us, but also neighbors and friends from all over the city and from other health care systems,” said Mallory, who said she was encouraged by the support and solidarity.
She also asked the crowd to remember the words of Floyd's young daughter, who noted, "Daddy changed the world."