Black History Month activities conclude

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  • By Kevin Gaddie
  • Team Eglin Public Affairs

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Eglin’s Black History Month activities wrapped at a closing ceremony Feb. 29.

The month offered the base community the opportunity to participate in the month’s events which included: a food drive, a 5K run/walk, Youth Center activities, a trip to the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, painting events and a heritage arts festival.

1st Lt. Ciara Merrill, project officer, thanked this year’s Black History Month committee for the energy they put into making the month a success.

Katrice Johnson, a local entrepreneur, served as guest speaker.  In keeping with this year’s theme, “African Americans and the Arts,” she listed notable African American artists, singers, dancers and more.  She shared her thoughts about the significance of art for her.

“Art has been a part of my entire life,” she said.  “More importantly, art has been a factor in the black community forever.  If we took the time to learn our history and researched where so much of our talent comes from, we could demand better from others.”

Col. Tom Tauer, 96th Test Wing deputy commander, gave closing remarks.

He said America owes a debt of gratitude to African American men and women, and it is America’s duty to continue to honor their legacy by working towards a more just and equitable society. 

He added that America must remain committed to ensuring all Armed Forces members, regardless of race or background, are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

“From the earliest days of our country’s history, African Americans have played a vital role in defending the freedoms we hold dear,” he said.  “They have fought and sacrificed alongside their fellow Americans in every conflict, often overcoming tremendous obstacles to serve their country with honor and distinction.”