Former U.S. Surgeon General visits MU as keynote for Black History Month

A photo of Dr. Jerome Adams and David Mitchell.
Dr. Jerome Adams (left) on-stage with discussion moderator David Mitchell, Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law and Co-Director of the Michael A. Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship and Justice.

On Monday, Feb. 28 we welcomed former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, for a packed day of events with our Mizzou community.

Dr. Adams met with students and faculty across campus, including at the School of Medicine, the School of Law and the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. He concluded with a public fireside chat in Stotler Lounge where he discussed his time as “America’s doctor,” why health iniquities are a social justice issue and answered questions submitted by attendees. Dr. Adams also received a commemorative MU plaque from the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, the Department of Black Studies and the College of Arts and Science.

Dr. Adams’ visit was the keynote event for Black History Month celebrations at Mizzou, which featured a full schedule of speakers, concerts and discussions around the theme of Black health and wellness. It takes each of us to welcome and learn from a variety of engaging speakers — and it’s our collective mission to continue these important conversations throughout the year.

Thanks to all who made our many Black History Month events such a success.

— Mun