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"We Go Further Faster When We Go Together"

Published 01-21-2010 3:13 PM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  

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Many gathered Monday morning for the 16th Annual Unity Breakfast to celebrate the life of and pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  As seen from the program's cover posted above, "Unity:  Our Local Challenge...A Global Vision" was the theme this year.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had just that- a global vision of unity and equal opportunity.

The presentations were reflections of Dr. King in the areas of education, spiritualism, civil rights and humanitarianism.  The first to present, Dr. Augusta Julian, President of the Bluegrass Community and Technical College, discussed Dr. King's view that intelligence plus character is the true goal of education.

Rev. Dr. Robert V. Blythe, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Richmond, spoke about how spiritualism is all-inclusive regardless of the religion.

Our very own, Dr. Jay Perman, Dean of the College of Medicine, reflected on civil rights and the importance of "togetherness."  Quoting Dr. King, "We go further faster when we go together."  Dr. Perman did an excellent job of incorporating this idea into being a physician.  He spoke about how statistics show that when people come together from different cultures, background, and ethnicities they increase their critical thinking skills.  Hence that is how we  "going further."  UK HealthCare is a great example of the melting pot of both physicians and faculty working together as a diverse staff.   Although unlike one another in many ways, UK HealthCare brings together people of different backgrounds to work as a cohesive whole unit toward accomplishing great things.

The last speaker, an enthusiastic Ms. Dandra Anez Powell, Outreach Coordinator for the Foothills Community Action, proposed a great analogy for our society.  She described society as a bowl of salad.  If all it contained were lettuce leaves, the meal would be pretty bland.  However, if you toss in some carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes, then you've got yourself a beautiful meal.  As our society has evolved and become diversified, we have become more like this wonderful salad.

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Panel at the Unity Breakfast 

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Dr. Jay Perman addressing Civil Rights 

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