Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis celebrates their with their annual tribute Luncheon.
Baptist’s MLK50 - Keeping the Dream Alive - Black Men in White Coats with Dr. Dale
Baptist Memorial Health Care along with UTHSC and its many partners are pleased to host Dr. Dale Okorodudu, MD, President and Founder of DiverseMedicine Inc. and the Black Men in White Coats Video Series. He is a Pulmonary & Critical Care Physician practicing in Dallas, Texas. Throughout his life, he has had several outstanding mentors and over the years has actively studied from them what it takes to be not just a good mentor, but a great one! Dr. Dale has mentored across the gamut from high risk youth to physicians in training. When asked what the most important quality for a mentor to have is, Dr. Dale answers, “There are two qualities needed; the ability to listen and the ability to be resourceful.
In 2011, with a team of superb physicians, Dr. Dale founded DiverseMedicine with the belief that an abundant number of highly qualified underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged premedical students were having their medical career dreams crushed simply because there was nobody present to show them how to do it. While there are numerous effective mentoring organizations across the nation, DiverseMedicine set out to develop an innovative social network mentoring model. “The younger generations do not communicate the same way we did prior to social networking. Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and the originator of it all, Black Planet; these are what they know now. If we want to reach them, we need to communicate like they do. Not to mention, mentoring via this model is much more efficient than traditional models. If we are serious about increasing diversity in the field of medicine, during the current Facebook era, this is how to do it.”
In 2013, the AAMC released a report alarming the nation that the number of black men applying to medical school was decreasing. This prompted them to film the very first Black Men In White Coats Video which was released May 19th, 2013. This video was well received and since they have been working diligently in mentoring and producing more videos to take on this issue! Black Men in White Coats, has become a national effort with multiple world class medical schools joining the movement!
Black Men In White Coats is a movement to support young African American men and boys who dream to become Medical Doctors.
We are pleased to invite Dr. Dale Oklorodudu along with other white coats of all disciplines to motivate and inspire our youth to dream of professions in White Coats on Saturday, April 28th from 8am – 1pm in the Baptist Education Center and Garrett Auditorium, 6027 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38120. This event is free and open to Black males in High School and College interest in STEM programs.
Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit
Baptist Memorial Health Care (host)
Cynthia Allen – Mgr. System Community Involvement, Ann Marie Wallace – System Community Outreach Sr. Coordinator , Kimmie Vaulx System Dir. of Corp, Communications, Kim Alexander – PR Manager, Michael Shelton – Marketing Sr. Coordinator
University of TN Health Science Center (co-host)
Pam Houston - Director, Office of Special Events & Community Affairs
Elise Moore - Assistant Director, Office of Special Events & Community Affairs
Student Life Person to be added
Bluff City Medical Society
Persico Wofford, MD, President, Melrose Blackett, MD, Walter Rayford, MD, Lanetta Anderson, MD
Bluff City Medical and Pharmaceutical Auxiliary
Sharon Wofford, Past President, Kandice Henderson, President
National Civil Rights Museum (in honor of MLK50 continuation of the theme: “Where
do we go from here?”
NAACP Memphis Branch
Vickie Terry – Executive Director, Coleman Thompson – Chair of Health Initiative, Debra Brown, Board Member
Baptist College of Health Sciences
Dr. Carol Warren – Dean Allied Health Professions, Lilian Ogari - Program Chair Baccalaureate/Assistant Professor Doctorate, Phyllis Jeans, Recruiters, Marketing (6 chairs)
National Association for Health Services Executives -Kimmie Vaulx - Board Member,
Baptist Memphis Education Center and Dr. H. E. Garrett, Sr. Auditorium
6027 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38120
8:00AM Registration /Breakfast/ Meet and Greet White Coats/ Introductions
9:00 AM Keynote Speaker with video and questions
10:00AM Breakout Groups (A& B) - ( Visit Career Path Table Stations[20-30]) Working on form
11:00 AM Financing & Requirements for Higher Education (Tours Group A)
11:30AM Financing & Requirements for Higher Education ( Tours Group B)
12:00PM Box Lunches (Working Lunch)
12:15PM Panel Discussion lead by Dr. Dale “Where Do We go From Here?”
1:00PM Adjourn with Autograph Books and Resources for a Support System
Updates & To Do List:
Event Listing on Social Media and Event Brite
Event Vendor Form for Career Path table Stations
Laboratories – James Boldon
Respiratory – Larry Hopper
Next Meeting to Discuss on April 6th at 11AM
# of Tables/ Volunteers Recruited
Avenues to be the word out to Youth Groups and Those Already Contacted
A group of Memphis-based leaders come together to present the month-long project, “Toward Justice: A City-Wide Upstanders’ Project.” Participating agencies include Facing History and Ourselves, Indie Memphis, OUTMemphis, Latino Memphis, the Memphis Islamic Center, Crosstown Arts, The Shelby County Government Office of Multicultural and Hispanic Affairs, and Latinos of Memphis.
Kicking off the project is keynote speaker, Bob Zellner, who will be speaking at the Memphis Jewish Community Center on Wednesday, May 2nd at 7:00. Bob is one of the most influential leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, from the 1960s to today. The son and grandson of Ku Klux Klan members, he risked his life – and nearly lost it – many times in the fight to achieve The Second Emancipation. As an organizer of The Freedom Rides of 1961 and the first white southerner to serve as field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, Rosa Parks, and many other civil rights leaders.
Bob captivates audiences with the untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement and his dedication to fighting for the rights of others. Drawing on decades of experience guiding the movement and his ongoing active role, he presents a modern-day message for combating deep-seated racism, discrimination and prejudice, and sparking widespread social change.
In addition to the keynote speaking event, we will also be screening the film, Besa: The Promise on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00pm. BESA: The Promise weaves Albania’s heroism in WWII through the journeys of two men.
The first is Norman Gershman, a renowned Jewish-American photographer determined to document first-person accounts of the Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.
The other is Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian. Rexhep must fulfill the promise made to a Jewish family his father rescued during the Holocaust and return to them a set of Hebrew prayer books they left behind.
Throughout the month of May, the art installation created by Yancy Villa-Calvo titled, Barrier-Free will be displayed in the lobby of the MJCC. Barrier Free is a socially engaged art installation about the impact of barriers. This large installation includes three main elements: a physical barrier with portraits of families and individuals, free standing life-size mirror and cut-out silhouettes of families surrounding the wall, and an actual fence in which people can express a wish, a frustration, a solution, a thought or a prayer.
In addition to the art installation, we will also feature an art exhibition by Memphis-based artist, Carl E. Moore. Carl’s paintings deal with identity and color with the goal of comparing social ideologies about race, stereotypes, and belief systems to everyday colors and the perception of these colors in our environment.
Finally, a curated photography and storytelling exhibition titled, I Am Your Protector will be displayed around the main lobby of the MJCC. Stories and photographs of local, national, and international people who have been a “protector” of someone who is different from them will be on display in the main lobby of the MJCC. These stories and photos are a powerful conversation starter.
All events in Toward Justice: A City-Wide Upstanders’ Project are free and open to the public. For more information, you can go to www.jccmemphis.org/justice or contact Marcy Stagner, Program Director of Cultural Arts and Adult Services at 901-259-9230 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mallory Heights Community Club members commemorate 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death through a MLK50 Walk/Run A-Thon. Start time TBA. Open to for wheelchair participants, walkers and runners. MHCC will walk/run FORWARD and DREAM BIG to empower the community, educate the youth and promote justice and peace through nonviolence.
Join us for a special gallery talk about Black Resistance: Ernest C. Withers and the Civil Rights Movement led by Charlie Newman. Newman was one of the attorneys who represented Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. just before his death in 1968, and his gallery talk will focus on his experiences during that time as reflected in the photographs in the exhibition.
Free. No reservations required. Limited to 30.
Tim Sampson, Communications Director, Soulsville Foundation discusses music and the Civil Rights Movement
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