Better together: the Black in Cancer Movement

Written by Danielle Twum, PhD (Caris Life Sciences, Sunnyvale, CA); Kilan Ashad-Bishop, PhD (University of Miami, Miami, FL) & Elshaddai White, MS (Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA)

Over the course of 8 weeks, strangers became coworkers and friends as an organizing committee – formed fully over the internet – worked together to bring Black in Cancer Week to social media from 11 – 17 October 2020.  When each of us were approached about an idea to highlight Black researchers in cancer, we came onboard gladly and without question. Each of us had interacted peripherally with each other on Twitter, paralleling the experience of so many Black scientists for whom social media has been a saving grace from working in spaces where they are inadequately represented.  Together, we...

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