On Jan. 26 MGH staff gathered to reflect upon the words and ideas of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The East Garden Room was filled with life as Elder Hu White and the Gospel Unlimited Ensemble raised their voices proclaiming, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!”

The annual MLK Gospel Celebration Breakfast was hosted by the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP), anorganization committed to the advancement and development of a diverse MGH workforce. The 2018 MGH YMCA Achievers also were recognized as part of the celebration. This year’s honorees were Joelle Leacock, CNM, of Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Department/Service, and Waveney Cole, of the MGH Institute for Patient Care.

“‘When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind,’” said Jonathan Gonzalez, MHA, finance manager in Dermatology and AMMP chair, quoting King. “His words were progressive then, and they are progressive now. Sometimes it is hard to put on your superhero costume, but we have to try to fight injustice.”

Keynote speaker Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, adult and pediatric obesity medicine physician-scientist in the MGH Weight Center, focused on the theme “change begins with self.” She urged those in attendance to examine themselves and the way they interact with the world and work toward the advancement of equality.

“We must strive toward this goal with such fervor that no person living, no person dead and no person yet to be born could do it any better,” said Stanford, borrowing the words of Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, the namesake of the high school she attended in Atlanta and teacher to King. “It is only with this level of dedication that we will improve ourselves and we will improve our results in this hospital, in this city, in this state, in this country and in this world, such that we are proud to call it our home.”

This article was originally published in the 02/09/18 Hotline issue.