22 Jan

Tuskegee University Bioethics Center


A small town with a big problem: Tuberculosis in Marion

West Central Alabama is dealing with an outbreak of Tuberculosis.  APR’s MacKenzie Bates went to the city of Marion to find out what officials are doing to contain the respiratory disease… The community of Marion is tucked in to Perry County. It might seem like a quaint town–very rural, not a lot of traffic lights and a small population.  Less than 36-hundred people live here, to be exact.  If anything happens in Marion, no matter how big or small, the folks hear about it. That includes Tuberculosis “In the state of Alabama the case rate is 2.8. It’s 253 here in the town of Marion.” That’s Pam Barrett.  She’s the... Read more

21 Oct

Black Box Creative


Voices For Our Fathers Volume 5 : Issue 1 Summer 2015

I was fortunate along with four surviving wives and other descendants of the 623 African American men in the United States Public Health Service Syphilis Study in Tuskegee to be present at the 1997 Presidential Apology by then President William Clinton in the White House. The National Apology to the 8 surviving men and all of the men descendants as well as the nation was personal and started the journey to healing and forgiveness. The apology pulled out some deep rooted myths many people had about Our Fathers, such as they were lazy, uneducated, and uncaring. Today, their descendants through Voices of Our Fathers Foundation are beginning to tell and share their stories. These were men of courage and... Read more