Celebrating Imelda (Imee) Crinklaw – Commemorative Tree Ceremony Aug. 28 at BHC

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Black Hawk College is honoring the late Imelda (Imee) Crinklaw with a Commemorative Tree Ceremony and dedicating a bench, tree and plaque to Imelda Crinklaw at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Black Hawk College Quad-Cities Campus, 6600 34th Ave., Moline. 

Imee passed away Jan. 13, 2021, in the depths of the pandemic and only had a brief walk-through visitation. She was an advocate for those who society marginalized and spent her life giving voice to those who were voiceless in this society. She helped immigrants apply for citizenship, she translated for them in the Social Security office, in court, in hospitals and in school offices. She helped Dreamers renew their documents. She welcomed newcomers to the Quad-Cities and enthusiastically participated in the Black Hawk College International Festival which brought the world to Moline. She organized fundraisers for many people when disaster struck. Wherever she was needed, Imee gave of herself without expectation. She did much of that work while also an advisor in the Academic English as a Second Language Program at Black Hawk College.

 

We are honoring her on campus by creating a peaceful space for the diverse community at the college. There will be time during the ceremony for family and friends to share a favorite story about Imee.

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The ceremony will be outside Building 1 on the northeast side (to the right of the main entrance). Guests should park in Lot 1 off 70th Street.

The ESL Student Scholarship through the Black Hawk College Foundation was close to Imee’s heart. To make a donation in her memory, please visit the foundation website, https://blackhawkcollegefoundation.org/. Under the Giving tab, select Donate Now. When filling out the form, under “Location:*” select “Other.” For “If Other, please specify here:” enter “Imee Memorial/ESL Scholarship.”

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