• Cynthia McCollum of the Logistics Support Activity is president of the National League of Cities. At right is luncheon emcee Victor Luna, a logistics management specialist.

    Keynote Speaker

    Cynthia McCollum of the Logistics Support Activity is president of the National League of Cities. At right is luncheon emcee Victor Luna, a logistics management specialist.

  • Members of the Blue Notes Five singers include, from left, Thomas Kelly, Eric Newby, Charles Draper and Timothy Kelly, Thomas' twin brother.

    Musical Presentation

    Members of the Blue Notes Five singers include, from left, Thomas Kelly, Eric Newby, Charles Draper and Timothy Kelly, Thomas' twin brother.

Cynthia McCollum of the Logistics Support Activity is making history herself. So, it was only fitting that she delivered the keynote address at LOGSA's African-American History Month Luncheon.

McCollum is president of the National League of Cities, the nation's oldest and largest organization representing municipal government. The Madison council member, who previously served as NLC's first and second vice president, is the first black woman to become its president.

She works at LOGSA in the office of the chief of staff.

McCollum spoke during the luncheon Feb. 27 at the Diane Campbell Recreation Center before a filled room of about 250 people. She traced highlights from black history and the achievements of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a black author and educator of the 1900s who established the first ever Negro History Week (forerunner of Black History Month).

"While much progress has been made," McCollum said, "we must continue to work together to achieve the promise and hope of our great nation."

The Blue Notes Five, a singing group of Huntsville police officers, entertained during the luncheon.

LOGSA commander Col. James Rentz welcomed the attendees and gave presentations of appreciation to the Blue Notes Five and to McCollum.

"I want to thank each and every one of you for coming out here," Rentz said.

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