Source: Georgetown University

Johnathan Smith delivered a keynote address at a church service held at St. William’s Chapel to honor Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The event was sponsored by the Minority Health Initiative Council at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Johnathan Smith, JD, who serves as assistant counsel in the Economic Justice Group at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, delivered a keynote address at the February 9 service. His remarks noted how health care inequities intersect with the broader civil rights movement of the 1960s and today.

In light of the anniversary, Smith’s address focused on progress in the United States and what still needs to be accomplished. He highlighted how health care should be considered alongside social determinants, like employment or criminal justice, to advance equality.