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Raksha recognized in awards aligning public health with social justice

April 2014
Raksha recognized in awards aligning public health with social justice


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Aparna Bhattacharyya,director of Raksha, speaks at the Community Service Awards Program at Emory University as Raksha is honored by the Rollins School of Public Health.

Raksha’s director, Aparna Bhattacharyya, represented the nonprofit on Thursday, January 23, 2014 as it was honored with a Community Service Award at Emory University. The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory has honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Awards Program since 1993 when Dr. Joyce Essien and then Dean of the School of Public Health Ray Greenburg agreed that it was time to align the mission and values of Public Health with the precepts of social justice. This is the only event at Emory to consistently recognize people and organizations in greater Atlanta whose work exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Indian-Americans students participate in Emory’s Ahana a cappella group (voices without accompaniment).

This year's program, sponsored also by the Goizueta Business School, took as theme "Finding Common Ground to Bridge the Divide." Featured speakers from Higher Ground, a group of four senior religious leaders from across religious traditions, came together to raise awareness and to inspire action on key issues affecting the greater Atlanta community to affect positive change: Reverend Joanna Adams from First Presbyterian Church, Imam Plemon El-Amin from the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, Rev. Dr. Joseph L. "Joe" Roberts from Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Rabbi Alvin Sugarman from the Temple. Emory’s a cappella group Ahana, which includes Indian-American students and others, entertained.

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