Members of the African American History Month Organizing Committee included St. John’s staff and community organizations including (from left to right): Saundra Chisolm, NP, St. John’s; Patricia Ulmer, St. John’s; Sharika Gordon, Vice President, Human Resources, St. John’s; Elaine Short, Vice President, NAACP; Ingrid Purcell, St. John’s; and Patricia Frye, St. John’s. Not pictured are committee members: Tara Brown, St. John’s; Rev. Francine Hernandez, St. John’s; Theodore McKenzie, President, Ocean Park Tenants Association; Abdus-Salaam Musa, Imam, St. John’s; Gwen Pinckney, Interim Vice President, Nursing, St. John’s; and Tiffany Watson-Valgean, St. John’s. African American History Month was observed at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital with a number of historical talks and exhibits, as well as with food and music on Monday, February 10th and Friday, February 14th.
Reverend Darren Ferguson recited portions of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at the African American History Month celebration held at St. John’s on Monday, February 10th. President of the NAACP of Far Rockaway, Dr. Ed Williams gave a speech and a recitation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech was done by Reverend Darren Ferguson of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
The hospital presented a talk by Tuskegee Airman Julius Freeman, MT, and reminiscences by Ernestine Johnson, RN at St. John’s.
There were exhibits of memorabilia, artifacts and art and singing by the Mount Carmel Baptist Church Choir.
Jessica Luina, representative of NYC Councilman Donovan Richards (left) and Elaine Short modeled hats designed by local craftsman Stacey Hartley.
Tuskegee Airman Julius Freeman, MT, with Hospital volunteer Ida Janice Scott.
Mount Carmel Baptist Church Choir sang for African American History Month.