Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the first elected African-American governor in the United States, will speak on "The Organ Thieves" at his annual symposium, "Racism, Health, and Accountability." The free event is open to the public on Monday, September 19 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts at 922 Park Ave. Click here to learn more (if you can't attend, VCU's planning a live stream).
VCU notes that Wilder served as the legal counsel for the family of Bruce Tucker, "a Black man, [who] had his heart transplanted -- without his family's consent -- into a white businessman..." in 1968. "The case exemplified a journey to fight racism and demand accountability for a gross violation of human rights. As the signature speaker, [Wilder] will discuss the complex ethical issues exposed during the case, as well as examine its lasting historic impact today."
Gov. Wilder's address is part of series of educational events tied to "The Organ Thieves" as VCU's 2022 "Common Book" for first-year students. I'll speak at the Singleton Center on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. Looking forward to seeing you!
Chip Jones is an award-winning author, journalist and former communications director of the Richmond Academy of Medicine. The Organ Thieves is his fourth book.