Atlanta VA Health Care System
AVAMC honors Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy
The Atlanta VA Medical Center paid tribute to one of the most prominent figures in American history at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration hosted by the medical center’s Diversity Committee Jan 14 in the Pete Wheeler Auditorium.
Tiffany Slater, a Medical Support Assistant, said the event was filled with memories of Dr. King’s work and celebrations of his life through inspirational readings, song and dance. Slater was one of several Atlanta VA employees who took time out to pay homage to the civil rights icon.
“It’s easy to look at where we are today and not realize where we come from and the things we had to go through,” said Slater. “We need to pay Dr. King the respect he deserves for trying to unite the different races by his personal courage and commitment to non-violence.”
Black Employment Chairperson Yolanda Morris said the goal of the program was to make sure employees understand the importance of the civil rights movement and what it means for all people.
"Events like this are great because they remind us of the importance of community service, even if it’s just two hours, it makes a difference,” said Morris.
In the end, that is what Dr. King’s life and legacy was all about; making a positive difference and helping those who need it the most.