Anniversary of syphilis study apology to be marked


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 27, 2014) — Tuskegee University will commemorate the 17th anniversary of former President Bill Clinton’s apology for the U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study April 1-4. Known as the “Tuskegee Experiment,” from 1932-1972, hundreds of black men in Macon County, Alabama who participated in the study were denied adequate treatment for syphilis and their health as well as that of their families suffered for decades.

The commemoration marks the 1997 apology President Clinton made to the victims of the infamous experiment. This year, the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care events include a public health ethics intensive course, lectures and panel discussions on campus. Among the several topics for this year’s lectures include: “Justice, Food Systems and the Agricultural Black Belt,” “Science and Spirituality: Conflict or Compromise?” and “Landscaping Global Public Health in a Social Justice Context Beyond Epidemiology”. All events will be held in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Tuskegee University. 

Claudine Brown, assistant secretary of Education and Access at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. will address the 17th Annual Commemoration President Bill Clinton National Apology Luncheon on April 4 at 12p.m. 

Brown is responsible for defining the Smithsonian’s education. Her focus is the institution-wide plan for educational initiatives, assessment strategies and funding for students in the K-12 range. Prior to returning to the Smithsonian, Brown served as the director of the Arts and Culture Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation from 1995-2010. In 1990, she joined the Smithsonian to serve as director of the National African-American Museum Project and developed the institution’s final study on the project and a program plan for the proposed museum. 

From 1977 to 1990, Brown held several positions at The Brooklyn Museum: museum educator (1977-1982), manager of school and community programs (1982-1984) and assistant director for government and community relations (1985). In addition to working in the museum and philanthropy communities, she served for more than 20 years as a faculty adviser and an instructor in leadership in the Museum Education Program at Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York City. She earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School, her master’s degree in education from Bank Street College of Education, and her bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute.

For more information about the commemoration activities and to register, go to: for registration and to view a detailed schedule.

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