(Brooklyn, New York - February 9, 2010)
Maimonides Medical Center recognized Black History Month with a special program that highlighted the history of Civil Rights and celebrated the cultural contributions of Black Americans.
The standing-room-only crowd in Schreiber Auditorium was led in prayer by Rev. Donelson Thevenin, Director of the Haitian Apostolate of the Brooklyn Catholic Diocese. Maimonides President & CEO Pamela Brier then introduced the keynote speaker, Judge William C. Thompson, Sr.
Judge Thompson delivered a stirring address, sharing anecdotes of his personal experiences in the Civil Rights Movement. The Judge also encouraged everyone to look out for the next generation and encourage young people to get an education and work hard to reach their goals.
New York City Council Member Matthieu Eugene was in attendance and spoke briefly of the recent earthquake in Haiti, praising Maimonides staffers for their continued support.
A brief presentation on the cultural impact of jazz music served as introduction for the program's musical highlight - attendees were treated to a rousing performance by the talented young men of the Xaverian High School Senior Jazz Band, led by Joseph Loposky.
Musical performances by staff members included the national anthem sung by Wilson Ramos, and the Black National Anthem sung by Kelly Lekule. Marianne Stuto closed the program with her rendition of America the Beautiful.
Many thanks to the event co-chairs, Douglas Jablon and JoAnn Baldwin, for arranging the outstanding program this year!