It was an honor to be invited to serve as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote address for medical students at @atstilluniversity last month, where I discussed racism as a social determinant of health inequities. Disparities - particularly in health - in our country are broader than just race and they are becoming even more conspicuous as our society grapples with how to pull the legions of public servants from their manufactured posts of division back to the podium of solidarity.
I was fascinated when I researched the back story of A.T. Still University’s founder, Andrew Taylor Still; a good Virginian, an abolitionist, a civil war doctor, and an innovator in medicine. His spirit of striving to innovate, to find new frontiers in the field of medicine, to step off the sidelines of complacency to insert himself in the business of doing good was an inspiration for my talk on our responsibility as citizens to be intelligent, as Dr. King would say.
If we are determined to make gains in our civil society, then we must use the words of Dr. King to lead us: “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these.” Thank you to the faculty, staff, and students for one of the best conversations I have had on record at a University. And saving the best for last, it was great to reconnect with my mentor and friend, Clint Normore. @oklahomacityuniversity was right: no matter where you are, you’re never too far from a Star! #keynote #motivation #keynotespeaker #publicspeaker #serve #inspiration #mindfulness #inspire #bethechange #kindness #hope #purpose #dogood #love #okcu #fbf - 6 hours ago