The Married to Medicine cast has come together for the health of America.
Dr. Jackie Walters, Dr. Simone Whitmore, Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Dr. Contessa Metcalfe, Toya Bush-Harris, and their significant others traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to participate in the March on Washington on Friday, August 28. The event commemorated the 57th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.
The Married to Medicine cast kicked off the weekend of powerful events in the fight for racial justice with a dinner with Rev. Al Sharpton and civil rights attorney Ben Crump.
In addition to participating in the March on Washington, the Married to Medicine cast served as medical advisors at the event, offering testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) at a mobile testing site in the city presented by America Know Your Status. "According to the CDC, there is increasing evidence that racial and ethnic minority groups, especially Black, Indigenous and Latino populations are being disproportionately affected by COVID-19," Dr. Heavenly shared in a post on Instagram in advance of the event. "Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19."
The initiative was organized by Dr. Heavenly's husband, Dr. Damon Kimes, who launched Georgia Know Your Status in June to help prevent the spread of the disease in his home state. Since then, they have tested thousands of patients for COVID-19 in Georgia, including hundreds at an event in collaboration with Gizelle Bryant's partner, Jamal Bryant, and his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Stonecrest, Georgia on August 22. Dr. Jackie, Dr. Contessa, and her husband, Dr. Scott Metcalfe, have also previously joined Dr. Heavenly and Dr. Damon in administering COVID-19 tests in Georgia.
The Married to Medicine cast also emphasized the importance of voting. "Remember to vote in the 2020 presidential election!" the Instagram post promoting the event read. "Our lives depend on it."
Dr. Jackie opened up about how meaningful it was to be able to take part in this event in a post on Instagram on August 28. "Being here was amazing but to get invited by the @real_sharpton [and] sit among VIPs was surreal! We spent our time encouraging the masses to register to vote, wear their mask and we offered covid testing @georgiaknowyourstatus," she wrote in the post. "Being born is a gift but being able to make a difference and leave a mark on the earth makes us fulfill part of our purpose for being born. I give honor to God for his protection and his love to everyone!
The Married to Medicine cast has been active in their support of the Black Lives Matter movement and racial equality. Toya and her sons, Ashton and Avery, have protested in support of the movement. Dr. Jackie took part in the Instagram Live panel, Amplify Our Voices: An Open Dialogue on Being Black in America, in June. Dr. Simone and Toya, as well as her husband, Dr. Eugene Harris, joined other Bravolebs in the intimate roundtable discussion, Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment, in August.
Viewers will be able to see more of the Married to Medicine cast's experience at the March on Washington in the upcoming Season 8.
All photos courtesy of Dr. Heavenly Kimes; Dr. Simone Whitmore; Dr. Contessa Metcalfe
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