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America Has Disappointed Martin Luther King, Jr.

Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

Americans are given a long weekend every January to mark the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of the month each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. Most of us acknowledge the name of the day but do not focus on the loss of the life of this courageous, intelligent and charismatic leader, who was assassinated at only 39, nor do we stop to think what he might have accomplished had he been given the gift of a longer life. He would have been 86 this year had he lived. READ MORE

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  • Gail Willis January 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Thank you for this cogent piece. I have recently seen the films “Trumbo” and “Bridge of Spies”. Although fictionialized a bit they both bring back to life the fear and fear-mongering of the Cold War era. Like your article they made me think even more seriously about the damage to the very fabric of our society posed by much of the rhetoric coming out of this political season. I begin to realize that it is not the appeal of bombastic speech, but the fear it engenders in too many people. It is important for those of us old enough to remember (even if somewhat dimly) that earlier fearful time to speak up and show up to witness the true values of our country that Dr. King was able to articulate so beautifully.

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  • Toni Myers January 18, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for this call to our better selves, Dr. Pat.
    Our current political season has been cruelly disappointing, yet we need to keep Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy in our hearts and actions in order to stay brave and influence others who have forgotten. We SHALL overcome. I am off to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march today, an excellent way to start out the year.

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  • Beverly Schwartz January 18, 2016 at 9:37 am

    A beautiful essay, Dr. Allen. Spot on. We all need to take its suggestions to heart.

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