Oprah and The Smithsonian channel have teamed up to tackle health equity in a new documentary The Color of Care.
The documentary and educational campaign will be launch on May 1st, from Oprah’s Harpo Productions studio partnering with The Smithsonian Channel.
According to the media moguls’ website, The Color of Care chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare in the United States, with a pressing focus on how the Covid-19 pandemic shed light on the tragic consequences of that inequity. The documentary also traces the origins of this systemic inequity to practices that first emerged during slavery in the United States.
“At the height of the pandemic, I read something that stopped me in my tracks,” says Oprah. “I read a story about Gary Fowler, a Black man who died in his home because no hospital would treat him despite his Covid-19 symptoms. As we continued to hear how the racial disparities in our country were exacerbated by the effects of the pandemic, I felt something needed to be done. This film is my way of doing something, with the intention that the stories we share serve as both a warning and foster a deeper understanding of what changes need to take place to better serve us all.”
Check out the trailer below: