Northwestern Medicine Honors Dr. King Legacy with Trinity United Church of Christ's Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Northwestern Medicine
News January 20, 2014
Honored individuals who exemplify the ideals of Dr. King Since the first Northwestern Memorial Hospital “Humanitarian Awards” ceremony was held in 1979 in honor of the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recognizing the selfless acts of others has been a strong part of Northwestern Memorial’s culture. Wednesday, Jan. 15—Dr. King’s actual birth date—marked the hospital’s 35th year for the awards program, which welcomed keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.  

Moss spoke of his personal connection to Dr. King, and the fact that King performed the marriage ceremony for his parents more than 40 years ago. Before a standing-room-only attendance exceeding 400, Moss talked about the importance of the present time’s generation leaving a legacy that improves, empowers and ensures progress for generations yet to be born.  

“Dr. King means so much to me personally,” said Moss noting that the late minister’s sacrifices are arguably among the most profound—and still relevant—aspects of his legacy. “We must build an economic base for the next generation yet to be born (because) there was somebody who always made a way for us.”

This year the hospital honored four individuals who exemplify the ideals of Dr. King as demonstrated by a positive impact on the community.

  • Alex Anaya, a finance manager, was recognized for his Anaya Basketball Clinic “ABC”, which is an after-school and weekend basketball program for elementary school aged youth.
  • Stephanie Beck, facilities administration, was recognized for starting The Beck Legacy Fund that assists young adults and youth that are victims of violence or social discrimination.
  • John Galvin, MD, was honored for his “Early Exposures” program, a youth photography program that mentors school-aged children and teaches them elements of photography. 
  • Wilson Hartz, MD, was honored for his annual mission trips to Guatemala where he provides medical care and general surgical procedures to local citizens in need of medical attention.

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