Cynthia Harris featured in Black History Month calendar

Cynthia Harris, director of FAMU’s Public Health Institute. Photo courtesy: Tenisha Ferron

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans that are oftentimes neglected. Each year, Tallahassee Community College combats that be highlighting significant African American contributions dedicated to making a difference not only in Leon County but the tri-state area, through the Cherry Hall Alexander African-American Black History Calendar.

This calendar is named after Cherry Hall Alexander, who was former director of Library Services at TCC and the inaugural chair of the African American History Planning Committee. The calendar is the most popular activity that was introduced by Alexander in 2001, and was renamed in her honor after her retirement from the college in 2009.

This year’s theme is “Black Health & Wellness,” and honors those who promote healthy and holistic living. Academic coordinator and co-chair for this year’s calendar Brielle Crooms, says the theme has allowed TCC to feature healthcare, fitness, mental health, dental health and health and wellness educators.

“Each of these individuals have been dedicated to serve this community in a time where it was needed most, especially during COVID-19,” Crooms said.

Out of many of Florida A&M University’s honorees, Cynthia M. Harris was recognized for her extraordinary leadership. Harris, who is the associate dean and director of the Institute of Public Health in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, says she was honored to find out she was among those featured in the calendar.

“It is a recognition especially for young people to see African Americans who are coming along in college who will look at a calendar and see someone who looks like them,” Harris said. “It is also significant for young non-African Americans to see and recognize the contributions African Americans have made in health and wellness. It’s inspiring for young people to say they can do the same.”

At the calendar unveiling, Harris shared her experience as a professor at FAMU. She emphasized how important is it is to have a diverse group of public health practitioners to serve, and how proud she is of students, faculty and alumni.

Harris has over 30 years of experience of community-based research in sentimental toxicology, health disparities and health assessment that benefits the African American community. She has been director of FAMU’s Public Health Institute since its inception.

TCC will host a Health and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the campus’ intramural fields. The event includes a 3k walk, and wellness activities to enjoy. You can register to sign up here.