OMC, Inc. CEO speaks to NCHS

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Carl I. Walters II, Chief Executive Officer of Outpatient Medical Center, Inc. was invited to speak to students and faculty at Natchitoches Central High School regarding the importance of celebrating cultural awareness. Walters’ opening remarks spoke of embracing and cultivating cultural awareness every day instead of once a year.

He told the 1,400-plus students and teachers that it is their moral, ethical and spiritual responsibility to promote cultural diversity each day of their lives in school and in their lives outside of school. Walters highlighted the contributions of all ethnic groups such as Irish, Scottish and Chinese immigrants who built the nation’s railroads, canals and tunnels. Italians and Germans built America’s early skyscrapers.

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Walters chronicled the contributions of African-Americans such as how African-Americans help build this country’s farms in the early years and later made technological advances such as helping create functional heart pacemakers and computers. Between 1717 and 2017, there were 2,852,901 Americans from all backgrounds who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of this country.

During World War II, the United States Marine Corps employed Native American Navajo who communicated in their native language because the Japanese could not decipher their language. This significantly contributed to success in the Pacific theater. Walters stated that this country has experienced times when its peoples have been labeled, hurt, oppressed, suppressed or even killed for being different.

Through embracing cultural awareness we have been able to grow as a nation; as communities across the nation; because of our being able to talk about, educate, embrace and celebrate cultural differences.

Walters stated that it is important to remember that our country grew and became one of the most powerful nations in the world because of our ability to embrace cultural diversity and that when we respect, advocate for and truly embrace diversity, we celebrate who we are and the values we embrace as a people.

Walters ended his remarks saying, “We will know we have truly reached a point of celebrating, appreciating and respecting our cultural awareness when the discussion is no longer about a race thing, but about the social, ethical and spiritually correct thing. We must strive to move our country to one where we can truly love, respect, support and embrace each other, not because anyone is of a particular race, but rather because we are people.”