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NY Senator Webb Honors Students and Faculty During 2nd Annual Abraham Lincoln DeMond Day at SUNY Cortland


For the first day of Black History Month, New York State Senator, Lea Webb (NY-52) joined students, faculty, and members of the Cortland Community at SUNY Cortland to celebrate the 2nd annual Abraham Lincoln DeMond Day.

Webb’s Office says during the celebration, the Senator honored three individuals from SUNY Cortland with NYS Senate proclamations that acknowledged their significant contributions to fostering a rich and diverse community spirit.

The proclamations were given to Clay Barnett, who was recognized for organizing the event, Tatum Pittman, as the founder and organizer of the inaugural celebration, and Katrina Hodge, Assistant Director of Multicultural Life and Diversity at SUNY Cortland, for her continuous dedication to diversity and inclusion.

“As we commemorate the 2nd Annual Abraham Lincoln DeMond Day, let us remember that this day is more than a ceremony; it’s a renewal of our commitment to the ideals of equality, understanding, and collective growth. It’s a day to reflect on our past, celebrate our present, and aspire for a future where the principles that DeMond stood for are not just remembered but are lived and breathed in every corridor of this institution and beyond.” Webb said in a release.

Abraham Lincoln DeMond was SUNY Cortland’s first African American alumni. He was considered a beacon of inspiration throughout his life for his work as a politically active pastor giving out influential speeches.

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