Herbert Receives Black Heritage Award
By Timothy P. Cross
|John T. Herbert
PHOTO: TIMOTHY P. CROSS
John T. Herbert '69, '73 P&S received a 2001 Black
Heritage Award at the 16th Annual Black Alumni Reception, held in
the Low Rotunda on Thursday, February 22. "I'm very pleased and
proud to be recognized for some of the little things I have done,"
said Herbert, who is director of anesthesiology at Harlem Hospital
and a clinical professor of anesthesiology at P&S, in accepting
Herbert, whose father was a member of the Class of 1932 and
whose daughter is a member of the Class of 1998, thanked Columbia
for being "very supportive" and said he was glad that he had "the
opportunity to make a difference, an opportunity to serve, an
opportunity to give something back." He also urged his audience to
stay involved. "We have to make a conscious effort to be involved
in the betterment of society," he said.
Herbert used his remarks to highlight the high rates of asthma
and other health concerns facing the people of color who populate
northern Manhattan because of the high density of bus terminals and
garages as well as the widespread use of diesel rather than
environmentally friendly alternative fuel buses. He also worried
about the "therapeutic racism" implicit in the lack of adequate
health care in Harlem and other Manhattan neighborhoods.
reception was the high point of the University's annual Black
Heritage Month celebration, which was coordinated this year by
Fallon Scoggins '03. Other activities ranged from serious
discussions of Haitian culture, Caribbean religion, the impact of
technology on minorities and issues facing black professionals to a
variety of social gatherings, including a bachelor/bachelorette
auction, comedy night, talent showcase and fashion show.
Black Heritage Award is presented each year by the Alumni of Color
Outreach Program for "invaluable service and commitment to the
Columbia community." Previous winners include former Assistant U.S.
Attorney General Eric Holder '73 and Federal judge Joseph
Greenaway '78, who hosted this year's reception.