Interfaith Hospital’s departments of psychiatry, primary care. ambulatory care and community affairs presented a program of music, poetry, creative writing, praise, drumming and words of thanksgiving in celebration of Black History Month. “Black History: Here and Now” featured presentations by program participants and staff members, award presentations to Leslie A. Sterling, Richard Symister, Jose Roman, Jerome Pogue, Divinah “Dee” Bailey and Canon Diane M. Porter. Cheryl Crooks received a posthumous award on behalf of her husband, Leon Crooks, an Interfaith staff member and Local 1199 organizer. Departed staff members Ron Brown and Khalilah Calcedo were also recognized as “Fallen Heroes.”

Co-mistresses of ceremony Gabrielle Mathias and Sharonnie Perry highlighted the current history being made during a presentation to the newly arrived president and CEO of Interfaith, LaRay Brown. Brown, who joined Interfaith Feb. 8, is herself making history as the first African-American woman to lead a private hospital in New York City.

Staff and program participants shared a festive luncheon underwritten by Health First featuring original music by Antoinette Taitt.