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Syracuse Firsts Opens Black History Month Feb. 2


BHM 2011 - #1 - News SizePhoto: WSTM TV 3 anchor Jackie Robinson (left) and Cassandra Jones Ingram.

Crouse Hospital is celebrating the creativity, innovation and accomplishments of African-Americans during Black History Month 2011 with an event each Wednesday during February.

City of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner was one of the special guests who stopped by Crouse Hospital today for the first of four events being held in February to celebrate Black History Month. Today’s program was titled “Syracuse Firsts,” and featured four individuals who each became the first African-American to assume a position in their field.

Female firsts included panelists Cassandra Jones Ingram, the first African-American female member of the Syracuse Police Department. She was joined by Jackie Robinson, who became the first African-American female news anchor in the Syracuse television market, along with Sylvia Norton, MD, who became a trailblazer in medicine as a well-known and respected first African-American female ophthalmologist in Syracuse.

While scheduled panelist Dennis Duval, the current and first African-American Chief of Police in Syracuse, was in Washington, D.C. and unable to make the program, another leader in Syracuse medicine, Ruben Cowart, DDS, President and CEO of the Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc., and member of the Crouse Hospital Board of Directors, stepped in to round out the “Syracuse Firsts” program.

We thank these role models and leaders for helping to make our “first” Black History Month event of 2011 inspiring for all! We also thank Veronica Clanton, chairperson, Desiree Odom, Pam Coleman, Barbara Wallace and Janelle Jenkins for planning and organizing the month's activities. And we appreciate our friends at WSTM TV 3 for stopping by and sharing the event with viewers!

Black History Month Events

Remaining 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 9
Dominique Dance Creation
Storyteller Jackie Grace Rasheed

February 16
J Project: Move and groove to contemporary R & B sounds

February 23
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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