WASHINGTON — Wearing a black “Black Lives” T-shirts to the annual Black Lives Matter rally is being praised by the nation’s top medical community for bringing awareness of the movement.
On Sunday, doctors at the University of Washington Medical Center were among thousands of medical professionals who turned out to support the march to protest police brutality and other issues, as well as support Black Lives Matters protests in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Dr. John Binder, director of the hospital’s department of general internal medicine, said he was among those who wore the black T-Shirt at the rally.
“It’s really an acknowledgement of the issues that people are facing,” he said.
“It says, ‘Black lives matter.'”
Medical organizations around the country are embracing the movement, and some have even created a website dedicated to the march.
Binder said that during the march he heard from a number of people who said they’d be wearing the T-T-shirt, especially if they were attending a rally.
He also said that the shirts have made people feel comfortable in the city and around the nation.
“People are really showing that we are here, that we have the capacity to be here,” he added.
Doctors at the hospital said that many of them were wearing the shirts while they were working, attending appointments, or at other times when they felt uncomfortable in their own bodies.
“We wanted to be sure that we were not going to disrupt the people we were caring for,” Binder said.
“This is the only way to demonstrate that we care about people and we want to make sure we are doing the right thing in the world,” he continued.
The march is the largest annual event held by the Black Lives Campaign, which is made up of a coalition of medical, political, and law enforcement groups.
The event, which has been held at the Medical Center since the late 1980s, attracts hundreds of people each year, many of whom wear the T’s.
“As long as we’re being inclusive, people can go in and feel comfortable and feel that they’re part of something that’s very important,” Binders said.
At the end of the march, attendees are invited to meet with medical staff and others to discuss issues and discuss how to improve.
Medical experts are also making their voices heard in the campaign, saying they feel that the movement has taken a powerful and influential stand against police brutality.
“Black lives are more than just numbers,” said Dr. Robert DeVries, the hospital director of general external medicine.
He said that while Black Lives is not a movement that is easily embraced by most Americans, the movement is important to many people.
“I’m just so excited for the march,” he told Fox News.
“Black lives is more than a number.
It’s a life.”
Binder, who is a doctor, said that he felt the need to attend the march because the movement shows how the medical community can support one another.
“What’s really amazing about it is that it’s not just people coming together,” he explained.
“We’re all coming together because this is our collective voice and it’s about changing our collective lives.”
The medical community has also made the decision to include Black Lives in the upcoming National Medical Officers Association meeting.
“When we started working with the medical profession and the political leaders to try to reach out to our community, it was really the first time we really started to have a discussion about what Black lives are and how they’re important,” said Binder.