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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.


Employee Contribution Award: Chevelle Jones-Moore

Employee Contribution Award: Chevelle Jones-Moore

Posted on: February 17, 2021

Chevelle Jones-Moore, LMSW, social worker at Upstate Community Hospital, receives the Black History Community Contribution award for her care of patients and involvement in the Faculty and Staff Association for Diversity.


Shaped by Family: Chevelle Jones-Moore

Shaped by Family: Chevelle Jones-Moore

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Upstate’s Chevelle Jones-Moore describes how education and faith are central to her family.


Honoring Black History Month

Honoring Black History Month

Posted on: February 15, 2021

HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH President Mantosh Dewan, MD, gives thanks, the Rev. Joseph Smythe offers prayer and Chevelle Jones-Moore sings “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”


Shaped by Family: Helen Hudson

Shaped by Family: Helen Hudson

Posted on: February 12, 2021

Helen Hudson of the United Way and Syracuse Common Council describes the close-knit neighborhood of her youth.


Community Contribution Award: United Way

Community Contribution Award: United Way

Posted on: February 10, 2021

The United Way of Central New York receives the Black History Community Contribution award for its efforts advancing racial justice and equality and for striving to meet the most crucial needs of our community. Presented by Daryll C. Dykes, PhD, MD, JD, chief diversity officer.


Shaped by Family: Tree Carter

Shaped by Family: Tree Carter

Posted on: February 8, 2021

Upstate’s Tree Carter talks about the “love bubble” that is family.


Trailblazer: Shirley Bacon, BS, RN

Trailblazer: Shirley Bacon, BS, RN

Posted on: February 5, 2021

A trailblazing nurse, a cardiac researcher and their doctor daughter. Shirley Bacon was one of Syracuse’s first Black nurses. Read about her journey.


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