On Thursday, January 11, Wellstar presented its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Program. The live-streamed event paid tribute to Dr. King’s impact and provided an opportunity to reflect on his extraordinary life and legacy. The 2024 celebration featured a performance from members of the world-renowned choir, Kevin Lemons’ Higher Calling, and a compelling conversation between Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman, Mayor, revered Civil Rights icon and close friend to Dr. King, and Monica Pearson, former Atlanta news anchor and current host for CBS46 and Peachtree TV.
Ebenezer Baptist Church, located in the heart of Atlanta’s historic Auburn Avenue, served as a preeminent location for the program’s discussion and recording. Functioning as a central hub for several pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s ministry, Ebenezer Baptist Church served as a powerful setting for the events of the program and added a significant connection to our shared history.
The featured discussion between Ambassador Young and Monica focuses on Dr. King’s words, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Over the course of the conversation, Ambassador Young shares firsthand experiences from his work alongside Dr. King, including reflecting on how Dr. King’s first speech came to be recorded, how the King family’s positive impact and influence in the Atlanta business community contributed to the legacy of Ebeneezer Baptist Church and the global reaction to Dr. King winning the Nobel Peace Prize. He also addresses his instrumental role in the Civil Rights Movement – often serving as a negotiator and mediator in pivotal moments or times of conflict. Further exploring these elements, Ambassador Young highlights the importance of Black and White Atlantans working together and the city’s transition as it progressed from the early Civil Rights Movement to the present day.
Ambassador Young concludes by emphasizing the important impact healthcare team members make in the communities they serve, noting that this work is critical to the progress and prosperity of every city, state and nation. He underscores that robust, balanced healthcare systems like Wellstar are essential to the survival of every community and to the health and well-being of their members.
Wellstar is steadfast in its commitment to ensuring a safe and inclusive environment for every patient, family and team member. Delivering personalized care, comprehensive programs and valuable tools and resources that enrich and empower all Georgians is critical to nurturing a culture of belonging and advancing health equity in our communities. The Wellstar Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging pioneers the creation of initiatives, including the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. event, that aim to enhance cultural competency, develop workforce diversity, positively influence health equity and amplify community engagement.
To view our 2024 Martin Luther King, Jr. Program, click on the video below.