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Beacon employees show support for White Coats for Black Lives

NOW: Beacon employees show support for White Coats for Black Lives

Beacon Health System associates celebrated Juneteenth by showing their solidarity against racism and support of the White Coats for Black Lives movement when they knelt outside their offices Friday at noon.

The silent remembrance was held at all Beacon locations throughout northern Indiana.

Those participating kneeled for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time a Minneapolis officer spent kneeling on George Floyd's neck.

"At Beacon, we don’t tolerate racial bigotry. We don’t tolerate that. But we know that people are human, and we have to try to find ways to communicate better. So having an event like this, we think will help begin that communication," said Dr. Vincent Henderson, President of Beacon Medical Group.

White Coats for Black Lives' mission is, " To dismantle racism in medicine and promote the health, well-being, and self-determination of Black and indigenous people, and other people of color."

“We wanted to come out and address these disparities, address our recognition of these disparities, and just kind of make a statement that we know we need to do better as the medical community," said Dr. Marion Mahone - Faculty at Memorial Family Medical Residency.

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