When you release a book hoping that it will "start a movement," each time you speak in a public setting is an opportunity to extend a call to action. That's the position Dr. Sampson Davis will be in when speaks in Memphis on Thursday night.
The recipient of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award (2000) and author of "Living & Dying in Brick City – An E.R. Doctor Returns Home" will deliver the keynote address during this year's 38th annual Freedom Fund Gala benefiting the Memphis Branch NAACP.
The venue will be the Grand Ball Room of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, with the gala to begin at 7 p.m.
In February 2013, Dr. Davis released his book, "Living & Dying in Brick City – An E.R. Doctor Returns Home." In addition to discussing his experiences as an ER physician, the book offers preventative guidance as a means of supporting healthier communities.
"In the book I talk about the lack of access to healthcare in our community, and how there's still a mistrust a lot of patients have when it comes to the healthcare system," says Davis.
"We need to increase the number of doctors that look like us, that talk like us and are from where we're from as well," he adds. "My hope is that the book will start a movement, a call to action where people are just a lot more concerned about their health."
Graduating with honors, Dr. Davis received his bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University. He earned his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the same hospital where he was born, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Today, Dr. Davis is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician at several emergency departments in New Jersey. He has been a weekly correspondent on the "Tom Joyner Morning Radio Show" and CNN.
Dr. Davis has also co-authored three New York Times best-selling books – "The Pact," "We Beat the Street" and "The Bond." He will have books available for purchase and signing.
The gala is the largest fundraiser for the NAACP. Dr. Reginald W. Coopwood, president and CEO of Regional One Health (formerly The MED) and Daniel Weickenand, president and CEO of Orion Federal Credit Union, are this year's co-chairs.
"This event typically attracts a diverse cross-section of the Memphis business, economic and political community. These two business stalwarts embody the principles that we strive for as a civil rights organization," says Madeleine C. Taylor, executive director, Memphis Branch NAACP.