February marks Black History Month, and UNMC has a number of events planned to celebrate and educate others about African-American culture.
Soul food menus
There will be soul food offerings available for purchase in both the Nebraska and Clarkson Cafes throughout the month. For a list of dates and menu offerings see below.
Black Eyed Peas
Sweet potato pie
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Roasted sweet potatoes
Green beans & potatoes
Mac & cheese
Thursday, Feb. 20
Mac & cheese
Dirty mashed potatoes
Collard greens with smoked turkey
Friday, Feb. 28
Pinto beans and rice
Red Velvet cake
Kicking off UNMC's Black History Month observance is its signature event, Gospel Fest. Through music, poetry, and dance, Gospel Fest features a lineup of local celebrity gospel and spoken-word artists. Gospel Fest will take place on Feb. 4 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the West Atrium of the Durham Outpatient Center.
This year's program will feature:
- Nelson Mandela Elementary Meerkats;
- With Love Felicia;
- Recording artist Eric Jordan;
- Local celebrity and former reporter Dara Hogan; and others.
On Feb. 11, a Black History Month trivia challenge will be published in UNMC Today. The challenge will award prizes, donated by the UNMC Bookstore, the Munroe-Meyer Institute and the UNMC Department of Human Resources. Four people will be chosen at random from among those who answer all the questions correctly, and there also will be a grand prize for the first person to respond with all of the correct answers. Submissions must be sent to Jacqueline Hankins email@example.com no later than Feb. 12.
On Feb. 13, Dominique Morgan, an Omaha native and the national director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States, will be on campus to present his talk on "The Impact of Health Professionals in a Community in Crisis."
Morgan is the recipient of the "Young, Black and Influential" Award for Advocacy, Omaha Chamber Young Professionals ChangeMaker Award, and the NAACP Freedom Fighter Award. His presentation will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Sorrell Center, Room 2018. Lunch will be provided for the first 35 attendees. This event is sponsored by the UNMC Department of Human Resources, UNMC College of Medicine, UNMC College of Nursing, GRADS (Graduates & Professionals Representing Achievement Diversity and Service) and the Nebraska Medicine Department of Human Resources.
On Feb. 20, Anthony Johnson Jr., a graduate student in the UNMC College of Public Health, will facilitate a panel presentation on the intersection of environmental justice, racial equity and the health of underserved populations. The presentation is from noon-1 p.m. in the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health, Room 3013.
Joining Johnson on the panel will be Earl Redrick, field office director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Naudia McCracken, acting lead program supervisor, Douglas County Health Department, and Jessica Ehule, senior public health project coordinator at CityMatCH. Refreshments will be provided for the first 30 attendees.