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Date(s) - April 3, 2017 - April 7, 2017
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April 3rd -7th, join the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University, descendants of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Syphilis Study at Tuskegee, local community residents, academics, undergraduate and graduate students, health professionals, faith believers, faith leaders, ethicists, researchers, community activists, and all persons concerned about health care and the treatment of people in the U.S. health care delivery system to discuss pressing ethics issues that challenge local, state, regional, national and global communities.

2017 is the 20th Anniversary Year of the U.S. Presidential National Apology for the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. In 1997, President William Clinton apologized for the 40-years, 623 African American men in rural Macon County, AL were unethically experimented upon without their consent.

The 2017 Public Health Ethics Intensive Course focus is, Healing Families for Social Justice. Keynote presenters include Dr. Michael Battle, former U. S. Ambassador to Ethiopia and Jo Valentine, Associate Director, Office of Health Equity Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

April 3rd, the Voices for Our Fathers Legacy Foundation (VFOFLF) will sponsor a Community Day of Healing and Memorial Service, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Chisholm Community Recreational Center, located at 3031 County Road 69 in Tuskegee, Alabama. This commemoration is in honor of the sacrifices of 623 African American men from rural Macon County, Alabama who were victimized and treated as human guinea pigs from 1932-1972. The VFOFLF is the non-profit foundation founded by the descendants of the USPHS Syphilis Study.

The theme for The Community Day of Healing and Memorial Service on April 3, 2017 is “Voices Moving Forward with a Purpose and Action.” This will be the first time the entire community of Macon County will come together since the national apology was given on May 16, 1997. The Community Program, Memorial Service and Solemn Candle Light Ceremony will provide reflections, inspirations and healing offered by descendants of the syphilis study.

April 7th.from 12 noon – 2:00 p.m., the Annual National Apology Commemoration Luncheon will be held at Tuskegee University and Dr. David Satcher 16th U.S. Surgeon General, who asked President Clifton for the Apology, will be the keynote luncheon speaker.

Registration is open to the public on the Tuskegee University website at