Students from the Johns Hopkins University schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing gathered on Friday afternoon in a show of support for students at the University of Missouri, who have led a weeks-long protest effort against racial discrimination there.
Nearly 150 students turned out in the Armstrong Medical Education Building on the university's East Baltimore campus. Theirs was one of numerous campus actions across the country Friday—including a student protest at JHU's Homewood campus—showing support for Missouri students and voicing opposition to racial bias in higher education. The students at Homewood also expressed displeasure with racial injustices on their own campus.
The East Baltimore group issued a statement of support late Friday.
"We, students in the health professions at Johns Hopkins, stand in solidarity with black students and their fellow students of color at the University of Missouri, Yale University, and universities throughout the nation as they raise their voices against institutional violence and racism," the statement read. "As future health professionals invested in the well-being of people of color we recognize that systemic violence and racial injustice damage the health of individuals and communities. We understand that racism is a public health concern and are committed to serving as allies and activists in the movement for racial justice in our communities and our chosen professions.
"Inspired by their courage and emboldened by their resilience, we stand in love, support, and admiration of black students at the University of Missouri and across the country."