Faculty and staff celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy at Anschutz Medical Campus lunch

“I have a dream.”

The immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr. and the indelible images of his speech in front of the Lincoln Monument highlighted a lunch-hour MLK tribute today. About 60 faculty and staff members gathered in the Trivisible Room, RC 2, to reflect on the civil rights leader and enjoy lunch and MLK film clips.

The event, which featured Ethiopian stew, corn bread, flat bread, soup, and a sweet-potato dessert from Elegant Catering, was organized by Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Faculty and Staff Multicultural Affairs Committee.

Dominic Martinez, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said the historic “I have a dream” speech resonates because of King’s inspirational language and the power behind his words.

“Working at the Anschutz Medical Campus, all of us have that same power, all of us have that same passion,” Martinez said. “I think Dr. King would be very proud to look into this room and see all the different faces and different types of people that are here, because this is what he really wanted. He wanted us all to come together and break bread and enjoy each other’s company.”

Tate Van Winkle, a temporary employee in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is a University of Colorado Denver graduate who has hopes of being admitted to the School of Medicine. First she will spend two years in the Peace Corps doing health care work in Botswana.

She, like the others in the room, considers King an inspiring leader whose legacy endures.

“I think the whole Martin Luther King day is something that gets overlooked,” Van Winkle said. “It’s nice to get together and refocus and reflect on what he was trying to do.”

Martinez said the campus is a community. As such, it works to become stronger and make a difference every day.

“I truly believe that’s our purpose here on this Anschutz Medical Campus is to make a big difference, not just here in Colorado, but worldwide,” Martinez said. “We have the facilities, but mostly we have the people to really make it great.”