"We Go Further Faster When We Go Together"
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
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.
Dr. Robert V. Blythe, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Richmond,
spoke about how spiritualism is all-inclusive regardless of the
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.
Panel at the Unity Breakfast
Dr. Jay Perman addressing Civil Rights
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