Monday, February 04, 2019
BJC | Hundreds of employees across BJC came together in a spirit of reverence and service last month to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
From music, dance and a stirring speech at the Washington University Medical Campus, to a theatrical performance at the BJC Learning Institute, to a celebration of hope and healing and the presentation of scholarships and awards at Christian Hospital, to services of remembrance at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and other BJC locations — the messages shared were of unity and service.
Here are a few images from the events.
Employees from across BJC came together last month in a spirit of reverence and service to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. From music and dance to the presentation of scholarships and awards — the messages shared were of unity and service. Here, a member of Beyond Measure Dance Theater performs at the service on the Washington University Medical Campus. The event was a collaborative effort between St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital and was open to the entire campus and neighborhood community.| Photo by Tim Mudrovic
The Friendly Temple R.F. Special Choir performs during the MLK Day observance at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Other program highlights included an opening prayer by the Rev. Alan Runge, MBMC chaplain; a performance by the Praise with a Purpose mime group from Upon this Rock Christian Ministry; guest speaker the Rev. Joseph Cazer of Christ Church International; a reading of Dr. King’s “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech by Dr. Michael F. Jones II; and closing remarks from John Antes, MBMC president. | Photo by Elizabeth Neidrauer
BJC’s Traveling Diversity & Inclusion Banner is making its way across BJC. At the BJC Learning Institute Jan. 21, team members had an opportunity to sign the banner and commit to the diversity and inclusion pledge. BJC president and CEO Rich Liekweg invited all of those present to sign the banner, saying, “We made a commitment last summer to take the banner around BJC because we want all 31,000 of our team members to have an opportunity to sign this pledge — a visible sign of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.” | Photo by Tim Mudrovic
The service honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Washington University Medical Campus — Keep moving: Together we can change the world — was a collaborative effort between St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital and was open to the entire campus and neighborhood community. The keynote speaker was Michael McMillan, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis president and CEO. Beyond Measure Dance Theater performed choreography rooted in the African cultures, and music was provided by the BJC Band (4tuneit), a play on the word fortunate, meaning favored. The band includes Chiquita Griffen, lead vocals; Mike Green, keyboard; Fred Wakefield, drums; Bill Griesmer, lead guitar; and Kevin Delaney, bass guitar. | Photo by Tim Mudrovic
The Christian Hospital Foundation hosted its second annual “Embracing the Dream – The Beloved Community” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon, Jan. 18. The event was a celebration of inspiration, hope and healing. Eight students, selected by their school districts, were awarded scholarships at the celebration. With Elizabeth Perkins, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley president, left, and Rick Stevens, CH president, sixth from left, are students Kyle Shaw, St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley; Taylor Edwards, Trinity Catholic High School; Kameron Rutledge, Riverview Gardens School District; Kaja Horton, Lutheran High School North; Ba’Reia Battle, Normandy Schools Collaborative; Morgan Stith, Jennings School District; Carlenzia Gilbert, Hazelwood School District; and Lauryn Forrest, Ferguson-Florissant School District. | Photo by Diane Anderson
The Drum Major for Service Awards also were presented at the celebration to honor unsung individuals who have given their time, talents and treasure in service of justice and equality. Look for this article on BJCnet to see who earned the awards. The award is inspired by the following words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. describing what he called the “Drum Major Instinct” in a sermon over a half century ago to the congregation in Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church: “If you want to say I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness … We all have the drum major instinct.”
The 2019 awardees are:
From left, Dan Rothery and BJC Behavioral Health clinical supervisors Sarah Bell, Suzette Hudson and Allison Rubin display a few of the “Winter Warm-Up Drive” items donated by BJC shared services employees in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. | Photo by Marilynn Hart
BJC president and CEO Rich Liekweg welcomes the capacity crowd of more than 100 to the BJC Learning Institute auditorium with a special request, “As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., I ask you to take Dr. King’s message back out across BJC, into your communities, where you live and have an impact.” | Photo by Tim Mudrovic
Will Ross, MD, Washington University School of Medicine nephrologist and associate dean for diversity, speaks to a standing-room-only crowd at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital about the power of hope, compassion and empathy, and being an advocate for change. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
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