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Mayor Dixon Is Keynote Speaker at Black History Month Event

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

 Dean Reece presented the diversity award to Dr. Mighty as Mighty's mother Gwendolyn looked on proudly.

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon delivered the keynote speech February 5th for the university's Black History Month commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., called Fulfilling the Legacy, Living the Dream. The Honorable Ms. Dixon, Baltimore's first female mayor, spoke of her personal effort to live up to Dr. King's legacy by providing opportunities to all the citizens of Baltimore, no matter what their race, education level or economic status.

The mayor also helped University of Maryland, Baltimore President David J. Ramsay, DM, DPhil and E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, dean of the School of Medicine, present the Diversity Recognition Award for Outstanding UMB Faculty/Staff to Hugh Mighty, MD, MBA, associate professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Recipients of the Diversity Awards are nominated by their peers for the way they serve as models of the ideals epitomized by the work and life of Dr. King, including equality, justice and opportunity for all people.

Dr. Mighty was honored for his work over the last 25 years providing health care to pregnant women at high risk throughout West Baltimore, as well as his commitment to diversity. Since he became chair of his department in 2002, 75% of its recruited faculty have been under-represented minorities and women. He credited his mother Gwendolyn, who joined him on stage for the award presentation, with raising him to follow the ideals Dr. King set forth. He also gave credit to the School of Medicine, his alma mater. "There was always someone here to pave the way for me, so now I'm trying to pave the way for others," Dr. Mighty said.

The Outstanding Student/Student Group award was presented to the School of Law's Maryland Katrina and Indigent Defense Project, which sends law students to the Gulf Coast to assist public defenders in their representation of indigent defendants and to advocate for housing for displaced residents. Entertainment was provided by Ayana Daley, a student at the School of Social Work.

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 President Ramsey presented Mayor Dixon with a commemorative poster from the event, as well as a UMB cookbook.

 The mayor and other dignitaries enjoy a performance by Ayana Daley.

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