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Black Trauma & Medical Experimentation

Reconciling COVID Vaccination Fears & Pandemic Death Toll

CAIR - Los Angeles

December 19, 2020 |  Zoom Webinar

On December 14, Sandra Lindsay, an African American intensive care nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in the NYC , was the first person to get vaccinated in the state. She stated, "I feel like healing is coming. I hope this marks the beginning of the end of a very painful time in our history... I want to instill public confidence that the vaccine is safe... We're in a pandemic, and so we all need to do our part. There's light at the end of the tunnel."

While Nurse Lindsay is hopeful, many Black Americans are skeptical and grappling with legitimate fears and concerns due to systemic racism and medical abuses against our communities. AND, as of this week, 17 million Americans have been infected with Coronavirus and 307,000 Americans have died; of those who have passed away, almost 50,000 identified as Black/African American. In other words, 1 in 800 Black Americans have perished from this disease and we are dying at tragically high rates.

This webinar will explore the psychology of pandemics, Black trauma stemming from health disparities and systemic racism, provide accurate information about the COVID vaccination and offer balanced expert recommendations.



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Executive Director | Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative

Margari A. Hill

Executive Director | Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative

Co-founder and Executive Director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), a human rights education organization focused on building the capacity for racial justice in Muslim communities and training allied communities on the intersections of systemic racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia. She is also a blogger, editor, and freelance writer published in How We Fight White Supremacy (2018) Time, Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera English. She has six years full-time experience working full-time in community organizations and over 15 years as an educator in various capacities including instructor, curriculum design, school policy, teacher training, and online learning as well as graduate research assistant and teaching fellow in Middle East, African, and Islamic history. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Santa Clara University in 2003 and master’s in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University in 2006.  Her research includes transformations in Islamic education, colonial surveillance in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, interethnic relations  in Muslim communities, and the criminalization of Black Muslims. She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country.

Twitter: @Margari_Aziza

IG: Margari.Hill

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Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad, PsyD

Founder & President | Muslim Wellness Foundation

Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, PsyD, is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), which promotes healing and emotional well-being in the American Muslim community through dialogue, education and training; through it, she established the annual Black Muslim Psychology Conference and the Deeply Rooted Emerging Leaders Fellowship for Black Muslim young adults. She is the founding co-Director of the National Black Muslim COVID Coalition, an initiative launched in collaboration with Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative to address need for effective planning, preparedness and organizing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Rashad, who previously served as University of Pennsylvania’s Muslim chaplain, now serves as the Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice and advises the Black Muslim student organization. Dr. Rashad’s clinical and research areas of interest include: diversity, religious identity and multicultural  issues in counseling, healing justice and faith based activism, racial trauma and healing, psychological impact of anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Blackness, and Black Muslim intersectional invisibility. Dr. Rashad earned her BA and MEd from the University of Pennsylvania, MRP in Restorative Practices & Youth Counseling from the International Institute for Restorative Practices, and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.  


Twitter: @kameelahrashad

Instagram: @drmamakam

Facebook: Kameelah Mu'Min Rashad, PsyD

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Ayah Nuriddin

PhD Student 

John Hopkins University, Department of History of Medicine

Ayah Nuriddin is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Medicine, and Graduate Fellow in the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine​ at JohnsHopkins University. In the 2018-2019 academic year, she was a Dissertation Fellow at the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (CHSTM). She holds a Masters in History and Masters of Library Science (MLS) from the University of Maryland,

College Park. Her dissertation, entitled “Liberation Eugenics: African Americans and the Science of Black Freedom Struggles, 1890-1970,” analyzes African American engagement with eugenics, hereditarian thought, and racial science as part of a broader strategy of racial

improvement and black liberation. Her research interests also include the histories of scientific racism, public health, psychiatry, disability, and medical mistrust. Her work has been published in the Journal for the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, the Lancet, Nursing Clio, and Somatosphere, and she has appeared on the Disability History Association podcast and American History TV on C-Span.

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Safiyya Shabazz, MD

Board Certified Family Physician

Owner & Medical Director, Fountain Medical Associates, PC

Safiyya Shabazz, MD, FAAFP is the owner and Medical Director of Fountain Medical Associates, PC.  An alumna of Central High School of Philadelphia, she received her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering and Medical Doctorate (MD) from the University of Pennsylvania.  She completed residency training at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family Medicine & Community Health where she previously served as a faculty member and remains on the volunteer faculty as an attending preceptor for Penn Med students.  Dr. Shabazz is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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Facebook: Fountain Medical Associates


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