Northwestern Memorial Hosts 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program
Hospital honors the legacy of the late Dr. King through humanitarian awards ceremony
In 1979 Northwestern Memorial Hospital hosted its inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program, a ceremony that would celebrate the spirit of diversity and honor the sacrifices of men and women from generations before us who stood for inclusion and equality. The tradition continues some 31 years later, as our hospital and employees across our campus celebrated the legacy and birthday of the late Dr. King and remembered his teachings in an hour-long program held Friday, January 15. The ceremony included a keynote address and awards presentation that recognized hospital employees who demonstrate Dr. King’s dedication to being of service to others. Four award recipients were commended for their personal humanitarian efforts which included mentoring youth, assisting the homeless, raising awareness for organ donation, and creating scholarship programs in the U.S. and abroad.
Northwestern’s Dr. King Program themes vary each year, as the keynote speakers often explore the national and world events that shape our society. As part of the 2010 program, a number of very powerful and competing dynamics in US history were acknowledged. Some affirmed our humanity; others detracted from it. Nonetheless, Northwestern Memorial has long recognized the need to uphold and support the diversity of our workforce as we are reflective of the diversity of our patients and the surrounding communities we serve. It is our firm belief that our diverse campus enriches us all. The observance of Martin Luther King Day provides us with the opportunity to recognize and to celebrate that fact.
Northwestern Memorial hosts its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Program every year in the days surrounding the national observance of the holiday. This program and many others at Northwestern Memorial are open to the public. To learn more about this annual program and potentially others of interest, please contact our hospital at (312) 926-2000.
Kris Lathan, Director
Northwestern Memorial Hospital