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‘Health and Wellness in Black Communities’ Focus of Black History Month Celebrations

Sculpted by the Baga (Guinea), this ritual angular head is called a’Tshol, a Baga word meaning medicine, signifying mystical healing powers of the statue. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

“Health and Wellness in Black Communities” is the theme of City Tech’s series of events on campus in February – including an art exhibition, storytelling, lectures, readings and a panel discussion – to celebrate Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public, and will take place at 300 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn. For additional information, contact Hazel Gibbs at 718.260.5205 or hgibbs@citytech.cuny.edu.

February 2013 (All Month)
Library Showcase Exhibit: Celebrating Healers from the Africana World
Ursula C. Schwerin Library, Atrium Building, 4th Floor
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
(Daily when College is open)

A celebration of how people of African descent have contributed to the health and wellness of all communities over time. Photographs, books and brief biographies show how unknown as well as well-known figures like Dr. May Edward Chinn, Mary Eliza Mahoney, Ben Carson and Arthur Ashe have impacted health and wellness throughout the world. The Library Showcase Exhibit highlights the City Tech Department of African American Studies collaboration with the Departments of Biological Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Health Services Administration, Human Services and Nursing.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Healing Stories and Proverbs from the Africana World
Student Lounge – Ground Floor, Atrium Building
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Storytelling and a lecture by African American Studies faculty member Annie Mundeke. She will emphasize how storytelling and proverbs from the Africana World have served as critical vehicles for healing and wellness for people of African descent.

Thursday, February 14, 2013
City Tech Celebrates the 24rd Year of the National African American Read-In
Namm Hall, Room 119
12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff will share various forms of literature, including poems, essays, and excerpts from novels and plays. Students will also read from original works. Most of the readings will focus on love and healing in the Africana World.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Challenges and Access: Health and Wellness in Black Communities
Atrium Amphitheater
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A historical overview of health and wellness in Africana communities followed by a discussion of some of the physical and psychological health challenges, and traditional and alternative health and wellness approaches in Black communities. Panelists will include City Tech faculty members Christine Thorpe (Human Services), Rosalyn Forbes (Nursing) and Gwen Cohen-Brown (Dental Hygiene). A question-and-answer period will follow. The panel discussion will take place at 11:30 a.m., with performances by the City Tech Community Choir and Black Theater students, a student slide show, and information tables on health and wellness taking place beforehand and afterwards.


These Black History Month events are sponsored by City Tech’s Department of African American Studies in collaboration with faculty and staff from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Health Services Administration, Human Services and Nursing, plus the Black Male Initiative and Black Women’s Networking Committee.

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