The 172nd Cutter Lecture in Preventive Medicine – To Race with the World: John Henryism and the Health of Black Americans


Friday, May 14, 2021, 4:15pm to 5:15pm



The John Henryism hypothesis posits that, repeated, high-effort coping with difficult social and economic stressors accelerates aging of the cardiovascular system, with one key manifestation among Black Americans being an earlier onset in adulthood of high blood pressure. Sherman A. James, Susan B. King Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, will discuss the historical and scientific origins of the John Henryism hypothesis; critically review findings from major tests of the hypothesis; outline future research priorities; and conclude with some thoughts on how John Henryism theory can inform social and economic policies that include racial health equity among their objectives.