Each year at Henry Ford Hospital we take time to honor and celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Growing up in the 1960s, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a profound impact on me and so many others in our country.
His teachings during the civil rights movement approached the inequalities present throughout this country.
He was an incredible spokesman in dealing with the injustices of the war we were fighting in Southeast Asia that many of us didn’t understand, especially when we had so much to accomplish at home.
For those of us at that time who were looking to become health care professionals, his themes resonated and influenced the way in which we would approach and practice medicine, as well as policies.
The statement that Dr. King made at the 1966 convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights is worth repeating:
“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health
care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
I’m certainly proud of our history at Henry Ford Hospital, being a beacon of hope and healing for the City of Detroit for almost 100 years; we provide care to those most in need.
I believe Dr. King would be proud of the work that we do and the care we provide to our community.
And I think he would be pleased with the strides we’re making with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which creates greater access to health care for all citizens of Michigan and the United States.
There’s so much to celebrate and so much we have learned (and continue to learn) from Dr. King’s incredible legacy, leadership and life.
Thank you to those who live by Dr. King’s words every day and those who collectively work to serve in the noble act of providing care to others.
The above video features clips from Henry Ford Hospital’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, highlighting performances by Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, the play “50 Years on the Road to Freedom” by Words I Speak Entertainment, and keynote speaker Tonya Allen, CEO of the Skillman Foundation.
You can also visit the Henry Ford Hospital Facebook page to view photos from the celebration.