Empowered to Realize the Dream


Martin Luther King, Jr. immortalized the words “I have a dream!” 52 years ago in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the historic Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The great civil rights leader stirred hope then, and he still does. At the recent dedication ceremony for the community hospital that bears his name in Willowbrook, hope shone on the faces of everyone in the crowd,  evident in the new video above.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who spearheaded the construction of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital and other facilities on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Campus, envisioned desperately-needed healthcare finally reaching the people of South Los Angeles. He promised at the Aug. 7, 2015 dedication ceremony, “It’s a new day at MLK, but an even better day is coming.”