Cornell Wellness Celebrates Black History Month

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  • Monday, February 1-Friday, February 28
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Join Cornell Wellness throughout the month of February as we celebrate the culture and traditions of our African-American brothers and sisters. Starting Monday, February 1st, begin to watch video releases of Jeremy Stewart (Wellness' Nutrition & General Health Outreach Educator), sitting down with a number of Black staff, faculty, and retirees from Cornell's Ithaca-based campus to discuss health-related topics that are primarily prevalent in the BIPOC community. Jeremy, and the people he interviews, will share with you insights into how they, and you, can proactively live a healthy lifestyle to reduce health risks and live your best life.

  • Week 1: focuses on awareness of the health disparities that we see in predominately Black communities; diseases such as cardiovascular, diabetes, as well as cancer.
    • Listen to courageous, educational, and inspiring stories from members of the Cornell community and how they have implemented healthy lifestyle choices to overcome these obstacles.
    • Tune in to hear Dr. John Clarke (physician, Cornell Health) as he discusses COVID and its disproportionate effect seen on the black community.
    • Watch Catherine Thrasher-Carroll (mental health promotion programmer, Cornell Health) as she addresses barriers and stigmas surrounding mental health in black culture.
  • Week 2 through the end of February: Continue watching and learning from Jeremy and guests from the Cornell community, as well as a spotlight video appearance from Mayor Svante Myrick, as they share personal stories about how Wellness has played a role in their lives and how they each take proactive measures to protect themselves from increased health risks that effect specifically the BIPOC community.
  • Register to get emails with interviews of the day sent to you and also to receive trivia questions that relate to persons who have had positive impacts on Black History with links to detailed bios of that individual. For questions, or more information on this campaign, please contact Jeremy Stewart via email.

Interview Videos:

02/01/2021: Interview with Dr. John Clarke

02/02/2021: Interview with Dr. Renee Alexander

02/03/2021: Interview with Martha Smith

02/04/2021: Interview with Catherine Thrasher-Carroll

02/08/2021: Interview with Angela Winfield

02/09/2021: Interview with Dr. LaWanda Cook

02/10/2021: Interview with Reginald Harris White

02/11/2021: Interview with Zebadiah Hall

02/15/2021: Interview with Keri Johnson & Ben Ortiz

02/16/2021: Interview with Dr. Avery August

02/17/2021: Interview with Amanda Williams

02/18/2021: Interview with Amadou Fofana

02/22/2021: Interview with Shakima Clency

02/23/2021: Interview with Marcus Brooks

02/24/2021: Interview with Mayor Svante Myrick


Trivia Questions:

02/01/2021: Who was the first African American to serve as a Supreme Court justice?

02/02/2021: Although not a surgeon, who was the lab assistant who created the life saving surgical treatment to save children with the heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot?

02/03/2021: Who was the first African American and Native American woman to hold a pilot license?

02/04/2021: Who is the youngest man to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize? This humanitarian was also considered to be the leader of the civil rights movement.

02/05/2021: This African American leader was a prominent figure in the Nation of Islam who articulated concepts of race pride and black nationalism in the early 1960s during the civil rights movement. Who is he?

02/08/2021: Who was the first African American(and female) millionaire?

02/09/2021: Who was the first African American player to play major league professional baseball?

02/10/2021: After escaping slavery, this man became a leader of the abolitionist movement and was praised for his great skills as an orator. Who is he?

02/11/2021: On March 31, 1870, this person became this first Black person to vote in an election?

02/12/2021: He was the first African American to be elected to head Harvard's Law Review, he wrote the memoir "Dreams from My Father," as well as "The Promised Land." He also served as the 44th President of the United States, becoming the first black president. Who is he?

02/15/2021: Who was the first African American to formally practice medicine in the United States?

02/16/2021: Who was the first African American woman to star in a major motion picture?

02/17/2021: This African American inventor was a physicist, engineer, and space scientist who was most famous for creating an ultraviolet camera, which was used by NASA in the 1972 Apollo 16 flight, revealing the mysteries of space and the Earth's atmosphere. Who is he?

02/18/2021: Which African American inventor was most famous for his patent on the three-position traffic signal?

02/22/2021:  Who was the first Black woman to become a neurosurgeon?

02/23/2021: Who was this poet, playwriter, social activist, that was famous for being one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called “jazz poetry?” Also, known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance.

02/24/2021: Who was the first African American woman physician to receive a patent for a medical invention?

02/25/2021: This author wrote an unfinished manuscript, "Remember This House," which was expanded and adapted for cinema as the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, "I Am Not Your Negro." Who is he?