Bishop Larry O. Wright, pastor at Heal the Land Outreach Ministries in Fayetteville, N.C., speaks on the many changes for African Americans throughout our country's history during Fort Bragg's observance held Friday at Womack Army Medical Center's Weaver Auditorium.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Bishop Larry O. Wright, pastor at Heal the Land Outreach Ministries in Fayetteville, was the guest speaker at this year's Fort Bragg Black History Month observance at Womack Army Medical Center's Weaver Auditorium Friday.

The theme for this year's celebration "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality," is a concept meant to highlight progress made since the creation of Negro History Week in 1926 by historian and author Carter G. Woodson.

According to the Library of Congress website, Woodson chose the week in February that included the birthdays of former President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two key figures in the history of African Americans.

This year's event was hosted by Team Bragg, which consisted of all of the Fort Bragg unit equal opportunity advisors.

Today was a day to train, educate and come together to enjoy the observance, said Sgt. 1st Class Sonya Turner, WAMC equal opportunity advisor.

"In America, we share a dream that lies at the heart of our founding: that no matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter how modest your beginnings or the circumstances of your birth, you can make it if you try," said President Barack Obama in this year's National African American History Month Presidential Proclamation.

Wright echoed Obama's words during his speech. Obama was one of several influential people in African American history that Wright referenced during his presentation.

"There is no other nation in the world quite like America," said Wright. "From our Founding Fathers, this has been a nation comprised of immigrants. Today, people come from all over the world to America searching for a better life. African Americans are unique in that we are the only group that was brought here as slaves, which created a challenge in the development and the true destiny of our country."

The observance also included a tribute from Fayetteville State University choir member, Troy L. Pickens, and a skit of living slave narrative from members of the Fayetteville State University drama club. Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson, commanding general, 82nd Airborne Division, presented Wright and the performers with a token of appreciation for their contributions to the morning's observance.

For more information about African American History, visit www.defense.gov/home/features/2013/0213_aahm/

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