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February 4, 2011

SIU Med School Sets Black History Month Activities

Black History Month will be celebrated with five public programs and three movie screenings in February at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield.  All events are open to the public.

Dr. Leonard Weather Jr. (portrait) will present “I See You” at 6 p.m. Monday, February 28, in SIU’s South Auditorium, 801 N. Rutledge St. (second floor).  He is a practicing gynecologist, health educator, author and ordained minister in Shreveport, La. 

Weather is president of the National Medical Association’s (NMA) and served as co-chair of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities, a joint effort of the NMA and American Medical Association.

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.  Jeffrey Hubbard and Vance Washington, second-year medical students, are co-chairs for Black History Month.

Three weekly lectures planned by SIU medical students will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Pearson Museum, 801 N. Rutledge St. (second floor) –

February 10 – “Race Riots” by Kathryn Harris, director of Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Services,
February 17 – “Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation” by Jason Boyd, outreach specialist at Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and
February 24 – “Pop Culture’s Involvement in African-American Progression” by Kamau Kemayo, associate professor of African-American studies at University of Illinois Springfield.

An Ethnic Heritage Day, celebrating African-American cultures, will be held noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 15, in the Pearson Museum, 801 N. Rutledge St. (second floor).  The program will feature a presentation about African-American history in the Springfield area by Douglas King, a member of the Springfield African-American Historical Foundation.  There also will be a tasting of African-American foods.  The School regularly hosts an Ethnic Heritage Day, featuring different cultures.

Several movies with an African-American theme will be shown by medical students at noon February 9, 16 and 23 in SIU’s South Auditorium, 801 N. Rutledge St. (second floor). 

For more information about Black History Month programs, contact Dr. Wesley Robinson-McNeese, Diversity, Multicultural and Minority Affairs, at 217-545-7334 weekdays.