Looking Back to Look Forward: A Black History Month Painting Event

A group of students holding their renderings of Sankofa.

The Sankofa Cleveland artist and art educator Jerome White recently led nearly 50 members of the NEOMED community in painting the Sankofa – a West African symbol that represents how returning to one’s roots may help a person to move forward. Learning about this Adinkra symbol, one of many such symbols used in Ghana, was all part of a Black History Month event.

The Student National Medical Association partnered with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to present this and other events during the month of February.

Painting is “a meditative process,” noted White. “I do it because I enjoy it, but also I like seeing ideas blossoming. I just keep creating and that blossoms into something.”

Students who participated found the activity to be a welcome break from their studies. “It’s nice to relax with other students, and to see people in a different setting, outside of the academic setting,” said Victor Akinditan (M2).

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