January 22, 2014
SIU Med School Sets Black History Month Activities
Black History Month will be celebrated with two programs in February at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. All events are open to the public.
A Black History Variety Show will be held 5 – 7 p.m. Saturday, February 1, in SIU’s South Auditorium (second floor), 801 N. Rutledge St. Performances include musical selections by the African Ensemble of Central Illinois, Greater All Nations Tabernacle GOGIC, and Crisp and Rogers; step performances by Word and Spirit FLC and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; youth praise dance and mime by Fresh Visions Community Church; music and poetry by Tebe Zalango; and painting and spoken word by Keith Jacobs and Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, executive assistant to the dean for diversity, multicultural and minority affairs at SIU.
The program and reception that follows are hosted by SIU’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). SNMA is composed of medical and premedical students focused on the needs of minority students across the nation. Josiah Zubairu, fourth-year medical student and Desiré Ketchandi, third-year medical student, are co-chairs of SIU’s Black History Month.
An Ethnic Heritage Day celebrating African-American culture will be held noon – 1 p.m. Thursday, February 20 at SIU’s Pearson Museum (second floor), 801 N. Rutledge St. “Celebrating Cultures: Forging Ahead in the American Dream” will be presented by Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese. There also will be samples of African-American foods.
A display of cultural artifacts celebrating Black History will be exhibited in the School’s second floor lobby, 801 N. Rutledge St., throughout the month of February.
For more information about SIU’s Black History Month programs, contact Dr. Robinson-McNeese at 217-545-7334 weekdays.