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Crouse Celebrates Black History Month


Black History Month - News SizeCrouse Hospital will celebrate the creativity, innovation and accomplishments of African-Americans during Black History Month 2011 with an event each Wednesday during February. The events will cover a wide range of interests, from storytelling to contemporary R&B sounds, and will feature guests from the Syracuse community.


Veronica Clanton, patient access representative, believes no one will know “your story” unless you tell it. “Black History Month is that time when we can look back to how it was, but also look ahead to how it now can be,” Clanton says. “It's a time when we can recognize the people who and events that paved the way for us. It's a time to show appreciation to those who helped, who lost their lives, who endured, who stood up and who took a stand.” Clanton heads up Crouse’s Black History Month committee with help from Desiree Odom, Pam Coleman, Barbara Wallace and Janelle Jenkins.

Black History Month Events

All events will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the small cafeteria at Crouse Hospital and are open to the public.


February 2

"Syracuse’s First"

Hear from four Syracuse community leaders, each the first local African-American in their professions.

Cassandra Jones Ingram, female police officer

Jackie Robinson, news anchor (WSTM TV3)

Dennis Duval, Chief of Police

Sylvia Norton, MD, ophthalmologist

Thank you to Ruben Cowart, DDS, President & CEO of the Syracuse Community Health Center and member of Crouse Hospital's Board of Directors, for stepping in for Chief Duval who was unable to join us.


February 9

Dominique Dance Creation


February 16

The J Project: Move and groove to contemporary R & B sounds


February 23

Storyteller Jackie Grace Rasheed
Second Olivet Church: Creative and uplifting ministry, puppet ministry and liturgical dancing


Black History Month is a celebration and remembrance of important events and people in African American culture. In the United States, Black History Month has been celebrated during the month of February since 1976. That year, President Gerald Ford urged American citizens to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” More than 35 years later, Americans continue to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans during Black History Month.


Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232

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