National African American/Black History Month Events
By Tech. Sgt. Tiffany M. Suggs
/ Published January 29, 2018
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. --
According to Malcolm Forbes, “Diversity [is] the art of thinking independently, together.” Diversity is a key strength that sets the United States and its military apart from most other parts of the world. Unique perspectives aid in constructive and well-rounded decision making. National African American/Black History Month is a time to celebrate a part of that diversity.
During the month of February, we come together to learn of the many contributions African Americans have made to our nation. Ours is a proud heritage of culture, sacrifice, unity and resilience, all in the pursuit of freedom and equality. While it is easy to pick apart our differences, coming together with understanding and appreciation for different cultures can help highlight our similarities and form common ground. Once we unite in solidarity and acceptance, we find that there is nothing we cannot face together. In an effort to share the dream of solidarity and encourage stronger bonds with Dover AFB and the surrounding community, the 2018 National African American/Black History Month Committee invites you to support the great events we have planned for Team Dover.
We will commence with the opening ceremony on Feb. 1 at the base theater. Guests will enjoy inspirational messages from Chaplain (Capt.) Kevin Pugh and Lt. Col. Arnold Mosley, commander of the 436th Force Support Squadron. This will be followed by a showing of the award-winning film "Selma." Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, as this event is scheduled to last from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, February 6, we will host our National African American/Black History Month Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Landings. For a small fee, guests will enjoy a soul food themed menu as we entertain you with local acts and a riveting message by our keynote speaker, author and historian Mr. Brian G. Shellum. The menu consists of southern fried chicken, honey baked ham, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and cornbread, just to name a few. The price is set at $10 for club members and $12 for non-club members.
On Friday, February 16, at the Eagle Lanes Training Center (former Airman's Outpost), we will host a roundtable discussion from noon to 1 p.m. This will be an open dialogue geared towards understanding diversity. The goal is to gain insight on the military experience from a plethora of different perspectives. Facilitators will ask questions designed to spark meaningful conversation and deep thinking. Lunch will be available for purchase at the King Pin Café.
On Saturday, February 24, at the Landings, we will host a step show featuring fraternities and sororities from Delaware State University. Come out and watch as the “Divine 9” thrills us with choreographed routines. The show will be immediately followed by a 90s Hip-Hop themed party. Attendees are encouraged to don their best gear from the era and enjoy a night out on the town. Finger food and beverages will be served. The committee is currently working with sponsors to keep the cost low, so look out for the flyer for updated information.
Finally, we will conclude with the unity walk and closing ceremony on Wednesday, February 28, at 2:30 p.m. The walk is symbolic of a peaceful march for harmony with members from Dover AFB and the local community and their continued efforts in preserving equality. The walk will begin at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Participants will march across the bridge and culminate at the wing flagpole. There, we will join hands in unity and have closing remarks from Chaplain Pugh and special guest. The Dover High School Choir will be there serenading us with a few song selections. The 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron will provide logistical support to transport participants back to the Airman and Family Readiness Center parking lot at the end of the ceremony.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” No matter how much effort the committee has poured into planning, these events mean nothing without your support and participation. Please stand with us as we display the many ways diversity is the key to success.