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Lillie Tyson Head, daughter of Freddie Lee Tyson, a United States Public Health Service Syphilis Study Victim at Tuskegee and Macon County, Ala. and president, of the Virginia-based, Voices For Our Fathers Legacy Foundation addressed the issue of “Vaccine Hesitancy: Understanding the Science and Getting people to Trust It,” at the Annual Round-Up of educational leaders, co-hosted by the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), the Los Angeles County Alliance of Black School Educators (LACABSE) and the National Coalition on Education Equity (NCOEE).

Tyson Head asked that the monikers “Tuskegee Syphilis Study” and “Tuskegee Experiment” cease from being used because Tuskegee was not responsible nor accountable for the study and by placing their name at the beginning of the reference, they have erroneously been portrayed as the study’s owners.

She also corrected some of the widely disseminated information and stated that the men were not injected with the disease, but were in fact, denied treatment in the 40-year study. She encouraged African-Americans not to use incorrect references to Tuskegee to prevent them from taking the COVID vaccine.