Last Monday, our community came together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate our virtual MLK, Jr. Day of Service. Thank you to keynote speaker Dr. Aletha Akers of the Guttmacher Institute, who spoke to the health disparities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “You cannot change a system like the one you live in if you don’t understand what got you there. Facts matter. Truth matters. So read, learn, question, advocate,” she said. If you missed her keynote speech, view it here.
A special thanks to GFS Director of Community Engagement Dr. Zarah Adams for organizing this wonderful event; our alumni, student, faculty, and staff presenters, including Dr. Dan Taylor '82 of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Drexel University College of Medicine, and the Bynum family, owners of Warmdaddy's and South; community partners Face to Face Germantown and Cradles to Crayons; and all of our attendees who participated in the day’s keynote, workshops, movie screenings, donation, and worship-sharing activities.
You can still view the list of Ted Talks and Movie Screenings here! Please enjoy some reflections on our MLK Day Padlet: https://padlet.com/GermantownFriends/MLK2021.
Director of Library Services Kate Garrity also put together a virtual library of social justice stories. Once you enter the virtual library, simply click on a book cover to hear the story!