Getting King's Words Right

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."

These often-invoked words attributed to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. offer moral sustenance to many persons working toward health equity today. Scholars, practitioners, and activists in health care and in public health commonly quote this powerful claim thus aligning the health equity movement with the civil rights movement. In fact, historian John Dittmer opens his account of the early fight for social justice in health care with these words. Yet, these words are not the precise words that King spoke more than a half century ago.

Read the full article authored by Charlene Galarneau, Center teaching faculty in the master of bioethics program.