A.) African-Americans suffer from end stage Renal Disease disproportionately. The incidence of kidney failure per million populations is 998 in African-Americans, compared with 273 in White Americans. B.) African-Americans constitute about 29 percent of all patients treated for kidney failure in the U.S. but only about 14 percent of the overall U.S. population. C.) The incident rate of diabetic end stage kidney failure has increased steadily among African-Americans.
Additionally, Blacks also develop kidney failure at an earlier age than White Americans. The average age for Blacks at the start of treatment for kidney failure is 56, compared with 66 in White Americans. These were just some of the details shared by Peters at this event.
Other speakers included representatives from the Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh. They gave an informative presentation on the types of housing discrimination they investigate, the methods they use, and recourse that people have if they feel they’ve been discriminated against because of race or age. This organization serves a vital purpose in Pittsburgh, because their web page shows that an Urban Institute Report has given Pittsburgh a “failing grade” for its pervasive racial disparities in not only housing, but in a broad range of areas from income to homeownership rates to school testing scores. Fair Housing Partnership of Greater Pittsburgh offices are located in the Strip District. They have a number of volunteer opportunities. One such opportunity is to be a “tester” applicant. This is where they send people out to a location that has advertised vacancy space, along with a White counterpart, just to see how the management responds to both potential tenants.
Along with the health information and information on how to fight unfair housing practices in Pittsburgh, the event also provided the audience with an excerpt from a one man show presentation by local actor, writer, director Wali Jamal.
The story of Martin Delany is an expansive one. Researched, written and directed by Jamal, it presented the life of an African-American man who was an abolitionist, journalist, physician, and writer, and arguably the first proponent of American Black Nationalism. He was also was one of the first three Blacks admitted to Harvard Medical School; and became the first Black field officer in the United States Army during the American Civil War. As a trained physician, he treated patients during the cholera epidemics of 1833 and 1854 in Pittsburgh, when many doctors and residents fled the city.
Additionally, Delany was also a member of St. Cyprian Alpha Lodge #13 of the 7th Masonic District. The excerpt covered a portion of an argument Delany was having with a White Masonic order who were disputing the right of Black men to become Masons.
According to Daughter Rosalie Jones Moore, Most Ancient Matron of the Heroines of Jericho, providing the community with information they don’t usually get was their main goal. She says, “In all of our events we want to respond to the needs of our community by sharing information that will positively impact their lives.”