May 11, 2016
Many students of public health are familiar with The Gardener’s Tale, the classic and widely taught allegorical framework describing the levels of racism. Published in 2000, its author, Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, has continued to build on the analogy she created 16 years ago – and also has created new allegories to enable people to talk about racism (not “race, but racism” she emphasizes). It is a scourge that, she says, threatens not only the well-being and self-esteem of its victims, but also undermines productivity and future of the nation.
Jones took the podium in the Stein Auditorium at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health on May 9 to deliver the 2016 Mann Health and Human Rights Memorial Lecture. The lecture is named for founding dean Jonathan Mann, who established the school’s commitment to health as a human right – a value that was interwoven through Jones’s presentation.