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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Lecture

Eric P. Newman Center
320 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

Dr. Brian Smedley

Brian D. Smedley is co-founder and Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, a project that connects research, policy analysis, and communications with on-the-ground activism to advance health equity. In this role, Dr. Smedley oversees several initiatives designed to improve opportunities for good health for people of color and undo the health consequences of racism. Formerly, Dr. Smedley was Research Director and co-founder of a communications, research and policy organization, the Opportunity Agenda, where he led the organization’s effort to center equity in state and national health reform discussions and to build the national will to expand opportunity for all. To that end, Smedley is a co-editor, along with Alan Jenkins, of the book, All Things Being Equal: Instigating Opportunity in an Inequitable Time.

Dr. Smedley’s full bio is available here.

The Celebration lecture will take place at 4:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. The event is free of charge and will be held in the Eric P. Newman Center at Washington University School of Medicine, 320 S. Euclid Ave. To RSVP, please call the Office of Diversity Programs 314-362-6854 or email us at