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African American Clergy and Community Conversation on COVID-19

Friday, January 22, 2021 | 2 p.m.

Faith-based leaders, COVID-19 research volunteers, and “America’s Doctor,” Anthony Fauci, MD, will come together in a virtual event Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. to provide straight talk about fears, trust issues, and why we need our Black and Brown community to be a part of COVID-19 vaccine research.


Debra Hickman

Rev. Debra Hickman

CEO and Founder, Sisters Together and Reaching, Inc.
Assistant to the Pastor, The City Temple of Baltimore (Baptist)
Stephen B. Thomas, PhD

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD

Professor, Health Policy & Management
Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity
School of Public Health
University of Maryland, College Park


Anthony Fauci

Anthony Fauci, MD

Dr. Fauci was appointed Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health in 1984. He oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria as well as emerging diseases such as COVID-19, Ebola and Zika.
Dr. Fauci has advised six Presidents on HIV/AIDS and many other domestic and global health issues. He serves on the White House Coronavirus Task Force and has been appointed Chief Medical Adviser on COVID-19 to the President-elect Joe Biden.


Bishop Thomas

Bishop Walter Scott Thomas

Pastor, New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore
Biship Hickman

Bishop Donte L. Hickman, Sr.

Pastor, Southern Baptist Church, Baltimore

Rev. Dr. Bowyer G. Freeman

Senior Pastor, New Saint Mark Baptist Church, Baltimore
Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton

Rev. Dr. Brad Braxton

Founding Senior Pastor, The Open Church of Maryland, Baltimore
Rev. Dr. Robert Young

Rev. Dr. Robert Young

Senior Pastor, Wayland Baptist Church, Baltimore
Janice Jackson

Janice Jackson

Volunteer, UMSOM COVID-19 Vaccine Trial
Freeman A. Hrabowski, PhD, MA

Freeman A. Hrabowski, PhD, MA

President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Volunteer, UMSOM COVID-19 Vaccine Trial