"Celebrating Black History Month with
Health Awareness, Cultural Heritage & Dialogue"
Queens Central Public Library, Jamaica, NY
The purpose of this program was to provide health and cultural awareness, and to raise issues that impact the
African-American and Caribbean communities. The discussion placed an important emphasis on health with a
focus on Diabetes and Hypertension, as well as, offer an understanding into DNA, biomedical research and the
significance of Henrietta Lacks, our celebrated icon for Black History Month. Moreover, there was a compelling
discussion for the African American community to support the Smithsonian National Museum of African American
History and Culture (NMAAHC). Program participants received free blood pressure and blood sugar screening,
which was serviced by the Queens Hospital Center Community Outreach Program. The last segment of the
program allowed the audience to address facilitators with their specific issues. AACEAINC is making arrangements
with interested groups that would like to have this program presented at their organizations. Contact us.
From left to right presenters and facilitators: Hon. Ernestine Washington, AACEAINC Board, presented DNA Biomedical
Research; AACEAINC President Rosalind O'Neal, presented recources, background and data; Shirley Phipps, AACEAINC
Board, facilitated the Smithsonian NMAAHC; Ayanna Mays, CEO Track Star Tutoring, facilitated educational issues and the
importance of after-school programs; Jahnya Barnett, College Student and Youth Leader, faciitated community
empowerment and employment opportunities; Dr. Florence Washington, Founder and Director of The Washington Center
for Natural Therapies, facilitated Diabetes, Hypertension and holistic approaches to health.
Ms. Phipps with Claudia Heyward, Coordinator, Queens
Hospital Center Community Outreach Program, and the
Hospital Center screening team below.
|Program participant about to be screened.
AACEAINC designs activities to be challenging allowing youngsters to be exposed
to accepted rules, protocol, and proven assessments. This enhances students’
ability to pursue a myriad of academic and scholarly activities on a national level,
which AACEAINC encourages poetry contestants to confidently pursue.
Young scholars presented poems that range from the richness of African-American
and Caribbean cultural heritage, to black pride, to diseases that kill us, to violence
prevention, and to the indignities of living on the street. These young people were
powerful! Although a city-wide competition, entrants that answered the call were
representative of public, parochial, and charter school and reside in the boroughs of
Brooklyn and Queens.
Poetry Contest Winners: All Divisions
Black History Month Event:
"An Afternoon of Jazz, Poetry, Gospel & Empowerment"
The Harvest Room
[Click on Winners and All Participants]
Photo by Christina Santucci
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