Waukegan Public Library honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Public invited to take part in a “Day of Service” for Vista Health System patients

In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a national “Day of Service” in honor of Dr. King’s dream that Americans from all walks of life can come together to strengthen our communities. On January 20, the Waukegan Public Library will take part in the initiative with activities that include a theatre presentation, film, and community service project for Vista Health System patients.

From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., community members have the opportunity to create get well cards that will be distributed to patients of Vista Health System. All of the supplies will be provided by the library on the main floor and lower level. The greeting cards will be presented to Barbara Martin, Vista Health System President and CEO, by U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL) in a ceremony at 5 p.m. in the Bradbury Room.

“This is a wonderful initiative sponsored by the Waukegan Public Library and a great way to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King,” said Martin. “We deeply appreciate the kindness of people in Waukegan to write get well cards for our patients who are being treated in our hospitals. We look forward to personally handing out the cards to our patients at Vista Medical Center East and Vista Medical Center West. This event is one more example of the strength of our great community.”

Directly following the community service presentation by Congressman Schneider, Waukegan theater group, Three Brothers Theatre, will present dramatic readings of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech and his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech as well as the poem Abundant Hope by Maya Angelou. Participants will have a chance to write down their dreams and pledges for peace to be hung in the Library.

In the afternoon, the Library will show the film “Remember the Titans” at 1:30 p.m. in the Bradbury Room. Based on the actual events of 1971, the film portrays an African-American coach, played by Denzel Washington, who leads a racially integrated high school football team that becomes the unifying symbol for the community

“Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. exemplified a lifetime of service and nobly dedicated his life to the pursuit of equality and justice for all. Today, MLK Day is an opportunity to enliven and enrich Dr. King’s legacy and cause through a commitment to community service,” said Representative Brad Schneider.

About Vista Health System

Vista Health System is a network that includes: two hospitals in Waukegan – Vista Medical Center East and Vista Medical Center West; the Vista Lindenhurst campus that includes the Vista Ambulatory Care Center, Lindenhurst Surgery Center, LLC, the Vista Freestanding Emergency Center, and the new Vista Medical Office Building; and several locations for imaging, patient therapy and physician practices. Vista is a Center of Excellence in a number of key service areas and accredited in Bariatric Surgery, Cancer, Chest Pain, Congestive Heart Failure, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation and Stroke. To learn more about Vista Health System, please visit www.VistaHealth.com.