Crouse ‘Celebrating Our Own’ Black History Month Events 2020  


February is Black History Month, Crouse Health has an annual event to recognize and celebrate the roles, creativity, innovation and achievements of African-Americans. Throughout the month of February there are events planned to honor this month.

 “Celebrating Our Own” Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration includes, Keynote Speaker: Jeanette J. Epps, Ph.D. , Erik Eure, Pastor of The Promise Land Church & PFAC Patient Advisory Board Member, Soul Food Meal Prepared by Miss Prissy’s, Ayona Breaker (Nurse Manager) will speak about her personal professional experience and more. As part of the celebration the Crouse Gift Shop has planned to display African American products in the lobby and inside the gift shop.

The schedule below has the month of activities as Crouse Health celebrates Black History Month. Special thanks to Ms. Twiggy M. Eure, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Crouse Health for coordinating the months activities. Join Crouse Hospital as they recognize and celebrate the roles, creativity, innovation and achievements of African-Americans!

Here are the scheduled events for Black History Month at Crouse Health

Friday, Feb. 7 Noon – 1:30 p.m. Crouse Hospital Small Cafeteria “Celebrating Our Own” Black History Month Kick-Off Celebration According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer for all Americans, and stroke is also a leading cause of death. As frightening as those statistics are the risks of getting those diseases are even higher for African-Americans. We are asking that you please wear red, in support of National Wear Red Day!

  • Keynote Speaker: Jeanette J. Epps, Ph.D. Dr. Epps was selected as an astronaut in 2009, is a graduate of Corcoran High School, and is a former Crouse employee.
  • Soul Food Meal Prepared by Miss Prissy’s consisting of: Fried Chicken, Ham, Collard Greens, Potato Salad, Corn Bread and Yams
  • Black National Anthem song by Cyrus Thornton, Pastor at Second Olivet Missionary Baptist Church
  • Reflections from Erik Eure, Pastor of The Promise Land Church & PFAC Patient Advisory Board Member
  • Celebrating Our Own Ayona Breaker (Nurse Manager) will speak about her personal professional experience
  • Crouse D&I Community Award to: City of Syracuse Juneteenth, President, Kevin Henry

Monday, Feb. 10 Tyrone Bibby (Nutritional Services Cook) will be assembling dishes out front in main café – Shrimp & Grits and Independent Soup

Thursday, Feb. 20 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PGR Foundation, Inc. – a local girls mentoring program called Poised “Gifted & Ready” will be at Crouse offering information outside of the small cafeteria (Popcorn will be available)

Monday, Feb. 24 Tyrone Bibby will be assembling dishes out front in main café – Gumbo with Corn Bread

Thursday, Feb. 27 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Juneteenth Organization will be giving out information at a table outside of the small cafeteria (Popcorn will be available)

All staff, volunteers and visitors are welcome to attend any or all presentations and events!

*Sign language interpretation available