Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine

Only 2 percent of US physicians today are Black women. Read this moving memoir from a doctor and health equity advocate with us this March.

illustrated stack of books with text "scifri book club"Welcome to the SciFri Book Club page about Legacy by Uché Blackstock. There’s lots of ways to participate: Read the book, join our community space, attend an event, sign up for our email newsletter, or send a message on the SciFri VoxPop app.

The book cover of LEGACY by Uche Blackstock in the middle, with a collage paper background. The logo for the SciFri Book Club in the top left corner.

This March, the SciFri Book Club will read Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine by Uché Blackstock. In Legacy, Blackstock reveals her own experiences with systemic racism as a Black doctor, and discusses the barriers to adequate healthcare for Black Americans. Through memoir and well-researched critique, the book uncovers the profound and long-standing inequities that have led to a massive underrepresentation of Black women in medicine and advocates for long-overdue change.

Legacy brings together a range of topics, including medicine, healthcare equity, public health, policy, advocacy and more—and we’ll touch on these ideas throughout this Book Club season. You can get your copy from your local bookstore or on Bookshop.org.

This Book Club season kicks off Friday, March 1, and you can read along with us! We’ll be (loosely) following this schedule, but all our readers are welcome to join us at their own pace:

  • March 1-10: Part 1 (Chapters 1-5)
  • March 11-17: Part 2 (Chapters 6-10)
  • March 18-24: Part 3 (Chapters 11-15)
  • March 25-31: Final thoughts

Plus, we’ll be hosting events throughout the month! Keep an eye out on our website or join our Events newsletter to be the first to know.

There are so many ways to dive in and participate! You can grab a copy of the book (and support the author and SciFri), read an excerpt from Legacy, join the discussion in our online Book Club community, sign up for our email newsletter, or RSVP for our upcoming Book Club events. Check out all the details below.

Grab Your Own Copy

If you’d like to purchase a physical copy, we encourage you to start local! Check out the SciFri Book Club partner bookstores and libraries—if you’re in the area, consider supporting your local bookseller or public library (plus, mention our Book Club for a percentage off your purchase at participating shops!).

Our Partners

Want more ways to read? This book is available in a few formats via online retailers, your local library, or elsewhere:

Your local library may not currently have Legacy in its catalog, but many branches offer ways for patrons like you to submit book suggestions to librarians. Look for ways to suggest new titles via the Libby or OverDrive app, a form submission on your library’s website, or a suggestion box at your local branch!

Save The Date(s): SciFri Book Club Events

Event promotional image. In the top left corner, SciFri Book Club logo, with event info below, which reads: "Legacy: Author Livestream and Q&A. March 28, 6:00pm ET, Online + Free, ScienceFriday.com/Events." The middle features the book cover of LEGACY by Uche Blackstock, and headshot the author, a Black woman with curled hair. The background is a pink, green and purple paint collage.

Legacy: Author Livestream and Q&A

In her new memoir, Legacy, Uché Blackstock describes the roadblocks that stood in the way of future physicians like her: Systemic inequality, differing access to care for Black Americans, and mentors who left the field too soon. Join us for a conversation on her path from daughter of a community-focused Black woman physician to health equity advocate.

RSVP for March 28

Join us online for a livestream with the author on the science topics featured in the SciFri Book Club pick for March 2024. Come with your queries and wonderings—we’ll be taking your questions in the livestream comments!

The book cover of LEGACY by Uche Blackstock in the middle, with a collage paper background. The logo for the SciFri Book Club in the top left corner.

SciFri Book Club March community meeting: Legacy

Want to meet other SciFri Book Club members, talk about the book selection, and find more resources for deeper learning—all without leaving your home? Our community meeting is the place for you!

RSVP for March 29 (new date!)

This discussion meeting will focus on themes and topics featured in Legacy. You’re welcome to join us no matter your reading progress—come chat with other science-interested folks about medicine, healthcare equity, public health, policy, advocacy and more.

Join Our Community Space

And as you start reading, join us on our online community space: the SciFri Book Club is on Mighty Networks, a platform where we can gather, read and discuss science books together. We’ve built this community space to create a better way for readers to stay connected with other Book Clubbers, and we hope you’ll join us there!

Join Our Community

Read An Excerpt

Not sure this is the book for you? Want to read an excerpt before you commit? We’ve got you covered.

Viking, publisher for Legacy, has offered SciFri Book Clubbers an excerpt of the book! You can read this sample on our website.

Read The Excerpt

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