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Crouse Celebrates Black History Month 2012


Black History Month 2012Crouse Hospital is celebrating the creativity, innovation and accomplishments of African-Americans during Black History Month 2012 with events during February that cover a wide range of interests and featured guests from the Syracuse community. The events have been planned by the hospital's Black History Month Committee, comprised of Veronica Clanton, Desiree Odom, Pam Coleman, Barbara Wallace and Janelle Jenkins.


The Crouse Gift Shop has featured a display of unique items for purchase in honor of Black History Month, shown at left.

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.



Feb. 1

We were honored to have Judge Langston McKinney as a guest Feb. 1 to help us kick off a month-long celebration recognizing and honoring the accomplishments of African Americans in our community. Judge McKinney became Syracuse's first black city judge upon his appointment in 1986. One of his main messages: whatever you do, do it well. other guests included SEIU 1199's VP Ruth Heller, Derrick Carr and Kevin Lockhart, who shared his experience in the military and how it has shaped who he is today. In addition, Christian rapper Joe Dowdy (aka Minista Whisper) performed for the staff.

Feb. 15

Vincent Love from 100 Black Men In Syracuse

Crouse employee Pearl Baldwin and her son, William Slagg, both from

the "Mega Pearl" Radio Program

Sherry Wright from Crouse Patient Transport will read from her poem collection

Crouse employee and vocalist Shelyta Davis, RN


Feb. 22

City of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor will join us as the Crouse Black History Month Committee presents an award to youth organizer Mary Nelson for her dedication to bettering the lives of young people in our community.

The Drill Team

Dr .Joan Rucker Hillsman,the mother of the coach of SU girls basketball team, with her Syracuse chapter of Gospel Music Workshop

Eternal Hope Worship Church’s flag ministry and the American Sign Language Ministry

Second Olivet’s Mind and Liturgical dance ministry


Feb. 29

Michael and Angela Lynn Trio


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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