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Black History Month: Celebrating Cultural Heritage & Observances

Wednesday, February 16 at Noon

Upstate's Black History awards ceremony and keynote address will be live streamed. Upstate's James Baines, Janell Gage and Shantel Henry will receive employee contribution awards. The late “Manny” Breland and Jackie Warren-Moore will receive posthumous community contribution awards. Angela Douglas of Vera House Inc. will give the keynote address.

 View LIVE Upstate Black History Awards Ceremony and Address

Can't watch it then? No problem. View the 2022 Black History ceremony anytime on Upstate Medical University's YouTube channel.

Interested in more?

Grab a co-worker or classmate and have a soul food lunch in one of the hospital cafeterias on any Thursday in February 2022.

See med student, Keren Valerus ’24 receive her scholarship on Sarah Loguen Day (Feb. 15).

Check out Upstate’s 2021 virtual celebration. Scroll down for "Shaped by Family" interviews (below in yellow), profiles of trailblazing Black nurses, awards, articles, a spoken word performance, talent show by kids with sickle cell, and a History channel special.

A highlight of "Shaped by Family" is Daryll C. Dykes, PhD, MD, JD, '95, recorded his father, Rychard Dykes, describing growing up with a Black father, a white mother and a sister with blue eyes. Dykes is the chief diversity officer at Upstate.


Closing, Special Thanks, and a Word About Food

Closing, Special Thanks, and a Word About Food

Posted on: February 28, 2021

Closing, Special Thanks, and a Word About Food


Spoken Word Performance: Cari Clark

Spoken Word Performance: Cari Clark

Posted on: February 27, 2021

We are honored to present a spoken word performance from Cari Clark. Cari Clark is a native of Syracuse NY who's passion for poetry has giving her platforms in various spaces such as local and international radio in South Africa, woman's conferences throughout NY state and Georgia and much more. She is also one of the co-founders of the Tubman theater group out of Auburn public theater where she has performed both original and familiar stage plays. Her desire is to continue to uplift, enlighten, and motivate through poetry art and theater.


Talented and Thriving

Talented and Thriving

Posted on: February 26, 2021

A talent show by kids in Upstate’s Sickle Cell program.


Shaped by Family: Richard and Daryll C. Dykes, PhD, MD, JD

Shaped by Family: Richard and Daryll C. Dykes, PhD, MD, JD

Posted on: February 25, 2021

Upstate orthopedic surgeon Daryll C. Dykes, PhD, MD, JD, and his father, Rychard Dykes, discuss the complex history of their bi-racial family.


Shaped By Family: Dajanae Worley

Shaped By Family: Dajanae Worley

Posted on: February 24, 2021

Upstate’s Dajanae Worley shares how her grandmothers and parents raised her to see herself as a beautiful, strong Black woman.


Employee Contribution Award: Harry E. Taylor PhD

Employee Contribution Award: Harry E. Taylor PhD

Posted on: February 23, 2021

Harry E. Taylor, PhD, assistant professor of Microbiology and Immunology, receives the Black History Community Contribution award for his research on HIV and its interaction with the immune system. Presented by Sharon Brangman, MD, chair, Department of Geriatrics.


Shaped by Family: Harry E. Taylor, PhD

Shaped by Family: Harry E. Taylor, PhD

Posted on: February 22, 2021

Upstate's Harry E. Taylor, PhD discusses how his biological and academic family were pillars for him to stand on and achieve things his ancestors never would have dreamed were possible.


Shaped by Family: Sarah Loguen Fraser, MD

Shaped by Family: Sarah Loguen Fraser, MD

Posted on: February 21, 2021

Today, we are sharing stories and information about Syracuse's own Sarah Loguen Fraser


Community Contribution Award: Richard and Betty Levy

Community Contribution Award: Richard and Betty Levy

Posted on: February 19, 2021

Richard Levy and his late wife, Betty, receive the Black History Community Contribution award for their civil rights efforts, connections with Upstate and support of the CNY Equity project.


Shaped by Family: Richard and Betty Levy

Shaped by Family: Richard and Betty Levy

Posted on: February 18, 2021

In 1963 — when interracial marriage was illegal in 23 states – Holocaust survivor Richard Levy married Betty, a Black woman from Chicago. Learn about their life’s journey, dedication to social justice and connections to Upstate.


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