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Give UMBC’s president a hand or possibly an arm | READER COMMENTARY

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of UMBC, receives a Moderna mRNA Covid-19 vaccine as a participant in a clinical trial at University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of UMBC, receives a Moderna mRNA Covid-19 vaccine as a participant in a clinical trial at University of Maryland School of Medicine. (Matthew Paul D'Agostino/Matthew Paul D'Agostino)

As important as the words were in encouraging minority communities take part in the COVID-19 vaccine, (”‘For the greater good’: Black leaders in Baltimore work to overcome resistance to participating in COVID trials, other research,” Dec. 4), it was the photograph of Freeman Hrabowski, a Maryland treasure, participating in a trial of a vaccine that really made the point.

Mr. Hrabowski, who has prepared for Maryland’s future by educating its citizens and who made the University of Maryland, Baltimore County a world class institution, was once again showing leadership by literally putting his arm in the effort to gain acceptance of the vaccine. We should all learn from his example and dedication to public service.

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Fred Hoover, Annapolis

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