A statement from Academy President Scott Cooper and David E. Griffith, Chair, Board of Trustees
We have faith that there will come a day when a person of color can peacefully watch birds in a park without fear of intimidation, and jog the streets of a town without risking their life. That day has not yet come. For it to become a reality we must act collectively to address the deep systemic inequalities that continue to plague our society. To do so is difficult and often painful. But it is non-negotiable.
What contribution can a natural history museum play in addressing such a profoundly challenging issue? The answer, to our mind, is a simple one – everything it possibly can. And although we will never do enough, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is committed now more than ever to its central values – that inclusion, diversity, equity and access are fundamental to all that we do.
The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other black men and women before them may yet mark a turning point in the way we all face the challenge of racism and prejudice together as one. Until then the Academy will be striving to create a more equitable future for all. We stand with our fellow Philadelphians in stating unequivocally that Black Lives Matter.