The Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library at Medgar Evers College (MEC) presents five works from "A Fantastic Story" series by painter Laura James. On permanent loan from the collection of Valentine Museum of Art.
Additionally, Inniss was actively a member of numerous boards and committees, including the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
On December 3, 2014, Medgar Evers College hosted dozens of guests at the official ribbon cutting
for the newly-renovated Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library. The ceremony marked the start of a new era for the college here in the heart of Central Brooklyn. The new, state-of-the-art facility serves the information needs of the student body of Medgar Evers College, the University, and the community at large.
Present at the ceremony were students, faculty, staff, clergy, community members, politicians, Central Office representatives and even a group of preschoolers from a local daycare who stopped by to share their excitement about the new facility. Marjorie Thomas-Inniss, wife of Charles Evans Inniss, whom the library is named after, was also in attendance. She shared warm words of thanks to the MEC community for the continued effort to keep her husband’s legacy alive and what the new library would mean to him if he were still with us.
The late Charles Evans Inniss was committed to serving his community. He served as a Trustee of the City University of New York and he was a retired Vice President of Urban Affairs for Brooklyn Union. Inniss was also a retired Captain of the 369th Artillery Battalion of the Army National Guard, and he was a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. He was a member of the Mayor’s New York City Advisory Cultural Commission, and he was a previous Chair for the American Gas Foundation and the Black Officer’s Association.
Additionally, Inniss was actively a member of numerous boards and committees, including the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), the Marcus Garvey Nursing Home and the Catholic Interracial Council, to name a few. He served as Director of Public Information and Development at the Brooklyn Public Library, Administrator at Brooklyn Model Cities, Director of Area Development at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Executive Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Assistant District Service Manager at Dun and Bradstreet.
Charles Evans Inniss received many awards throughout his lifetime. His commitment to service has left a void for most who knew him and many are excited about the library’s official opening which honors the legacy of such a great man. The event was full of positive energy and positive feedback. Many thanks to all who were able to take part and to those who helped make the event possible.
Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college. A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education. For more information, visit www.mec.cuny.edu.
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