King Celebration Salutes State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins


Humanitarian Award Honoree, Sen. Collins (holding plaque), is flanked by Ald Cochran at left and officers of St. Bernard Hospital

St. Bernard Hospital paid tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy on Friday, January 18, 2013 during its 16th Annual Humanitarian Service Award and Celebration. Held in the Hospital’s Chapel, this year’s event recognized the service and dedication of Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins, 16th District, to the ideals of Dr. King – fairness, justice and dignity for all people. Senator Collins has been an avid supporter of numerous social issues, healthcare and safety net hospitals.

Henry Wiggins, M.D., Chief Radiologist at St. Bernard Hospital, presided over the event. Dr. Wiggins began the ceremony by reminding those present of the legacy of Dr. King and the fragility of the gains won. He introduced the speakers and performers for the afternoon.

Providing a call-to-action keynote address, 20th Ward Alderman, Willie B. Cochran entreated the attendees to get involved in their communities and not sit on the sidelines. Alderman Cochran passionately explained the need for the people to make their voices heard. “Let your legislators know what you think’ he exclaimed.

Organized by the St. Bernard Community Relations Committee, the event was chaired this year by Beverly Russell and Regina Haslerig. Ms. Haslerig delighted the crowd with her stirring signing. The event also included performances by praise dancers from St. Benedict the African Catholic School, and pianist Marlienne Oates, a registered nurse at St. Bernard, who accompanied the songs and provided music for the event.

St. Bernard Hospital’s annual tribute to Dr. King is a special event that brings together many members of the Englewood community and beyond to honor Dr. King’s legacy and his philosophy of non-violence.