Mayor Edna Jackson said Saturday at the 21st Consortium of Doctors, Ltd Bouquet of Doctors Banquet that she was proud of the organization’s progress throughout the years.
“What you have done is set an example of what people can do to give back to a community, particularly a community where you do not live,” Jackson said. “You have taken this organization higher and higher; I am always excited to see the people you are inducting.”
Jackson spoke to a packed audience of distinguished guests in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom which included Dr. Carolyn Battle Thomas, class of 1997 and induction ceremony chair.
This year’s Bouquet of Doctors inducted Dr. Brenda Vincent Cross of Union Institute Couseling, Dr. Lucille Hilliard of Howard University Ministry, Dr. Charlotte Lee of Indiana University Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Dr. Althea Masterson of the University of Michigan Educational Administration, Dr. Kenya Lenoir Messer of Columbia University Higher Education Administration and Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris of Emory University American Studies.
In addition to inducting new members, the banquet honored First African Baptist Church with the “Trailblazers Living Memorial” award and Dr. Barbara E.M. Cannon for her service as the outgoing director for the Consortium of Doctors, Ltd.
Dr. Harriette Bias- Insignares, class of 1991, treated guests to a poetry reading of “Daughters of Destiny.”
“We have to be pioneers and tell our young people to know opportunity when they see it and cease it,” Insignares said.
Dr. Ethel Pitts Walker, class of 1993, presided over the 10th anniversary tribute to the African- American Family Monument on River Street. The monument which faced financial setbacks, was the work of Consortium of Doctors, Ltd founder Dr. Abigail Jordan. Jordan discussed the importance of the monument and the visibility of African- Americans in the Savannah community, recalling her days as a columnist for The Savannah Morning News when there were few black writers.
Walker spoke on the dedication and significance of Jordan’s work and the work that must be done moving forward.
“We are the children of those who chose to survive and we owe a tremendous debt to that family that lived on the monument,” Walker said.