Emory University formally apologizes after rejecting an applicant for his race

More than 60 years ago, Marion Gerald Hood was rejected from a medical school because of his race. This week, the school apologized.

The Emory University School of Medicine formally apologized to Hood, inviting him to speak at the Atlanta, Georgia, university as part of a Juneteenth event.

“As a university, acknowledging our past is a necessary step toward an empowered future,” said Carolyn Meltzer, the School of Medicine’s executive associate dean for faculty academic advancement, leadership and inclusion, in a statement. “Our conversations with Dr. Hood have solidified the School of Medicine’s commitment to accountability, in alignment with the university’s strategic goals for a more inclusive Emory.”

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