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Dr. Welleford Receives Phoebe and Frank Hall Humanitarian Award

Oct 3, 2018

Dr. Ayn Welleford receives the 2018 Phoebe and Frank Hall Humanitarian Award -- congratulations! Here are her lovely remarks at the Senior Connections VA Empty Place Luncheon:

We all know academics are all about big words.

The big word on my mind most these days is LOVE. I wish for us all that we can learn to love our longevity by being grateful for each day, each year, each decade. Loving our longevity is how we will begin to protect ourselves from the virus of negative thoughts and bias about growing older.

This is how we will turn the tables on ageism.

“All great movements for social justice in our society have strongly emphasized a love ethic.” bell hooks.

Let’s let love and gratefulness for our longevity give us courage for our journey. Let’s begin by loving our WHOLE selves, by never betting against ourselves, then let’s share that love with others.

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” Cornel West.