Mustangs prepare for African American Heritage Month
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Every February, the nation takes time out to observe African- American history, highlighting the accomplishments, contributions and struggles of millions of American citizens.
This year in observance, Team Osan's African American Heritage Committee will be hosting several events during the month to enhance cross-cultural awareness.
"In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, known as the father of black history, established Negro History Week to observe and honor the contributions African Americans made that ultimately changed our present day society," said Senior Master Sgt. Demetrica Jefferis, African-American Heritage Committee publicity member. "In 1976, the week-long celebration was expanded to include the entire month of February, hence, African American Heritage month."
The theme for this year is "At the crossroads: Freedom & Equality Lane."
"This year commemorates the 150th year since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation," said Master Sgt. Carol Dorman Gore, African-American Heritage Committee chair. "This marks a milestone for the progress we have made as a nation to where we are today. The African American Heritage Month Committee hopes to capture this celebration and bring awareness to the base populous."
The following are upcoming events:
-African American Heritage Month kick-off ceremony, scheduled for Feb. 1 at 11:30 a.m at the BX Food Court. The festivities will include live music, and a cake cutting.
-A Gospel Extravaganza and Soul Food Sampler will be held Feb. 8 starting at 7:30 p.m at the base chapel. The event will feature performances by the Osan Gospel Choir and Dance Ministry, followed by a Soul Food Sampler in the Chapel Annex.
-African American Heritage Month Luncheon, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Enlisted Club, The luncheon will feature a guest speaker and entertainment will be provided by the 8th Army Jazz Ensemble.
-Spoken Word/Open Mic Night will be held Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Enlisted Club.
Educational information will also be displayed at the Base Library and Community Activity Center throughout the month, to include a health fair.