LASTING LEGACY: Members of AMMP and featured speakers, from left, Davis; Zachary Cox; Brown; Dee Dee Chen; Dianne Austin; Nancy Kingori; Slavin; Robyn Stroud; and Schaeffer Charles
“And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
Bishop Robert G. Brown paused momentarily after reading that segment of the inspiring speech given by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 3, 1968. “Just one evening before his untimely death, Dr. King spoke those promising and powerful words of hope,” Brown said. “And today – in an era of uncertainty – that flicker of hope needs our constant care.”
Brown, senior pastor of Zion Church Ministries in Everett, served as the keynote speaker at the MGH’s annual event honoring the life of the legendary civil rights leader. The tribute, held Jan. 14 in the East Garden Room, was sponsored by the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP) and the MGH Multicultural Affairs Office. The event also included remarks from Jeff Davis, senior vice president of Human Resources, musical selections sung by 2012 MGH Star Performer Emily Vanderburg and an opening prayer by Rev. Marcus McCullough of the MGH Chaplaincy.
Partners HealthCare, the MGH and the Disparities Solutions Center will host “A Celebration of the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Feb. 15 from 1 to 2 pm in the lobby level auditorium at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Boston, at 51 Blossom St. The event will feature Dr. Carol R. Johnson, superintendent of Boston Public Schools.
“This program provides all of us with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Dr. King’s truly timeless legacy, as well as a chance to discover more about how his words, actions and commitment to service and social justice can continue to influence our future – something we can’t do too often these days,” said MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD. “In this day and age we are lucky to have visionaries such as Bishop Brown who dedicate their lives to being change-agents. His passion and dedication align closely with our MGH mission of improving the health and well-being of the diverse communities we serve.”
During his remarks, Brown focused on some of the positive changes that have transpired since King’s death four decades ago. But he cautioned that the struggle continues through instances of hate, racism, classism and violence, which throughout the country occur on a daily basis. “Before we start to rejoice, I believe we still have a few challenges today that this nation has yet to overcome,” Brown said. “Together, we can battle poverty and classism. Together, we can stamp out inequity in housing and education. Together, we can eliminate bias based upon gender, age, religion or ethnicity. Together, we can work toward providing equal access and opportunity to our children in education and career choices. The journey isn’t over and hope has not died. The question is: Will you journey with me? I pray the answer is yes – because the struggle continues.”
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