For nearly 20 years, Gospelrama has been an important part of HUP’s Black History Month celebration. That’s no surprise. As staff chaplain Madeline Dawson noted during her welcoming remarks, “What we offer can bring comfort and joy and lift the spirits.”

And that it did. With Brother Marcus of Praise 103.9 FM serving as MC and keeping the program moving, the audience was treated to gospel songs, interpretive dance and rap provided by HUP’s staff, friends and family members.

“I thank all those who have helped keep Gospelrama alive for all these years,” said Al Black, COO of the hospital. “And I thank all of you for sharing your gifts of hope and praise with us.”

A big thank-you also goes to members of Pastoral Care and to Tamika Patton-Watkins of Administration who worked together to make this celebration happen. Keeping up the pace was the Penn Inspirations Band (Bryant Pugh, Ben Polk, and Cedric Napolean). And the delicious after-show refreshments were courtesy of Morrison’s Caterers and Pastoral Care.

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