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Celebrates Black History Month by standing on the side of equality

In conjunction with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Southcoast Health celebrates Black History Month by standing immovably on the side of equality, civility, and empathy. It is our duty to the communities we serve to continue confronting systemic racism and healthcare disparities.

At Southcoast Health, there is much work being done to create a more supportive and inclusive culture for our employees and patients.

In June 2020, we launched the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Coalition, an Employee Resources Group, as part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.

United in this pursuit of justice and dignity, we will continue leading alongside so many in the region, in the spirit of allyship and listening.

Areas of Focus

Black Lives Matter Coalition

The Black Lives Matter Coalition is an opportunity for Black employees and allies to join a conversation about positive change at Southcoast Health. Learn more.

Live Panel Events

“The Hill We Climb, If Only We Dare”

A panel event was held on February 18, 2021 as part of Southcoast Health’s month-long celebration of Black History Month to reflect on the many accomplishments of Black People and their actions for positive change throughout American History.

Hosted by the Southcoast Health Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council, the panel allowed us to celebrate four Southcoast Health Black colleagues who are currently taking action for positive change, within our walls and community.

Celebrating Our Employees

“Race is not part of our biology, but part of our culture.”

Continue reading Dr. Petit Me’s story

“As a person of color, I hope that one day, not everything is seen as black and white. I hope that we can work together with a common goal to educate each other and see all sides”

Continue reading Taaury’s story

“Black History Month is the time when we recognize the crucial roles of Black individuals in American history and celebrate “The world is watching what we do next, and no matter where we stand politically, we have to find a way to unify our country and world.

Continue reading Haywood’s story

“Black History Month is the time when we recognize the crucial roles of Black individuals in American history and celebrate their work. It is also a time to educate others of its importance to Black people and our continued fight for equality,…”

Continue reading Sam’s story

Guest Speakers

On February 27, 2020, Steve Pemberton shared his inspirational story as Southcoast Health’s Diversity Recognition Key Note Speaker to celebrate Black History Month. During his visit, Steve toured the St Luke’s STOICO Firstfed Maternity unit, met with our Diversity and Inclusion Council, and spoke to a full auditorium while simultaneously being streamed to three other Southcoast sites and the Facebook community.  You can watch the entire speech and story here.


Born at St. Luke’s Hospital, Steve defied seemingly insurmountable odds by overcoming his experience in this region’s foster care system to become a trailblazing corporate executive, enlightened diversity leader, visionary youth advocate and an acclaimed speaker.

Steve’s bestselling book, A Chance in the World, became a major motion picture and further amplified his overall motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others and, most of all, persevere.

View his visit to Southcoast Health in the videos below.