Gospel Fest launches Black History Month events

by Kelsey Scroggin, UNMC strategic relations | February 02, 2021

Image with caption: Eric and Doriette Jordan will perform virtually at Gospel Fest today.

Eric and Doriette Jordan will perform virtually at Gospel Fest today.

UNMC will observe Black History Month in February with several events and soul food offerings in the Nebraska and Clarkson Cafes, beginning today with the fourth annual Gospel Fest Celebration. Gospel Fest will be held virtually this year and will start at 10:30 a.m. Zoom information can be found here.

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From left, Mother Parker Love and Preston Love will speak at Gospel Fest today.

This year's program will feature:

  • Big Wade and The Black Swan Theory;
  • Recording artists Eric and Doriette Jordan;
  • Local celebrity artist Edem Soul Music;
  • Guest speakers Preston Love Jr. and Mother Parker Love; and others.

There also will be soul food available for purchase in the Nebraska and Clarkson Cafes today from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Today's menu will include meatloaf, pinto beans and rice, sweet corn, cornbread and red velvet cake.

Throughout the month, the UNMC community is encouraged to participate in as many events as scheduling allows, keeping track of the events attended by using the Black History Month Online Passport. Those who participate in four or more events and turn in their passport to Kelsey Scroggin via email by 5 p.m. Feb. 26 will be eligible to win a prize. Print the passport here.

A preview of additional events taking place this month is below:

Feb. 3: Terri Sanders, publisher of the Omaha Star, will present on the history of the Omaha Star, Nebraska's only black-owned newspaper. Her presentation will be from noon-1 p.m., via Zoom.

Feb. 9: 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, the UNMC Department of Human Resources and the office of Student Life Inclusion and Diversity. Five people will be chosen at random from among those who answer all the questions correctly; there also will be a grand prize for the first person to respond with all of the correct answers. Submissions must be sent to Kelsey Scroggin via email no later than 5 pm on Feb. 15.

Soul food menus

There will be soul food offerings available for purchase throughout the month in both the Nebraska and Clarkson Cafes, unless otherwise noted. For a list of dates and offerings, see below.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Pinto beans and rice
Sweet corn
Red Velvet cake

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Barbecue featherbones
Green beans & potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes
Mac & cheese
Pecan pie

Thursday, Feb. 11
Taste of Heaven Food Truck, located in the cutout outside of the MSC Building, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18
Fried chicken
Collard greens with smoked turkey
Dirty mashed potatoes
Mac & cheese
Peach cobbler

Friday, Feb. 19
The Itis Food Truck, located in the cutout outside of the MSC Building, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Boiling Claws and K Lee Sweet Sips Food Trucks, located in the cutout outside of the Sorrell Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 26
Spaghetti with meat sauce
Collard greens
Black eyed peas
Sweet potato pie

Feb. 11: A "History of Health" panel will take place via Zoom at noon. This panel session, the first of two parts, will discuss the historical context of black communities in health care and how history informs present-day clinical care. It also will cover the relationships between black communities and the health care system in Omaha with a focus on research. Panelists include: Leah Cook, PhD, assistant professor, department of pathology and microbiology; Isaiah Crum, MD, UNMC graduate; and Jasmin Marcelin, MD, assistant professor, department of internal medicine.

Feb. 11: Sheritta Strong, MD, and Shirley Delair, MD, will moderate a discussion regarding the documentary "Black Men in White Coats" at 3 p.m. This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large. Those interested will be provided access to watch the documentary prior to the discussion. Registration for this event will be limited to the first 300 and is required. UNMC faculty, staff, and students should sign-up via ENGAGE. This event is brought to you by the UNMC Office of Inclusion. For those unable to attend the Feb. 11 event, Nebraska Medicine also will be hosting a second viewing and discussion for dually employed physicians later this month with Dale Okorodudu, MD, producer of the film. More information will be provided in an upcoming NOW article.

Feb. 16: There will be a virtual tour and conversation regarding the "Undesign the Redline" exhibit at The Union for Contemporary Art. This abbreviated tour and community dialogue will offer a deep, critical and often challenging exploration of this important history and ways that it might be overcome. This virtual tour and discussion will take place from 10 a.m.-noon, via Zoom.

Feb. 17: Dominique Morgan, an Omaha native and the national director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States, will present "The Untapped Power of Blackness - Unpacking the Necessary Inclusion of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Folx in Black Community Building." 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. Her presentation will be from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Feb. 18: Eric Ewing, executive director of The Great Plains Black History Museum, will provide a virtual tour and presentation of the museum. The Great Plains Black History Museum is dedicated to publicizing and preserving the achievements of the region's vibrant African-American heritage. This virtual presentation will take place from 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., via Zoom. There will be a second presentation and tour of the museum on Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. via Zoom for those unable to attend on Feb. 18.

Feb. 18: The second part of the "History of Health" panel will take place at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Panelists will discuss present-day attitudes and beliefs surrounding health care and measures to take for the system to work for black communities focusing on education, access and representation. Panelists include: Amissabah Kanley, MD, pediatric specialist; Joelle Simpson, MD, medical director for emergency preparedness at Children's National; and Sheritta Strong, MD, UNMC director of inclusion and assistant professor in the department of psychiatry.

Feb. 24: Barry Thomas, owner of Thomas Business Services, will speak on "Nebraska's Black History Ties," at 10 a.m. via Zoom. This event will be focused on the examination of Omaha and Nebraska's rich and expansive African and African American history.


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Kevin L. Johnson
February 02, 2021 at 5:44 PM