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African American History Month

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"It is a wonderful story...of a group of Americans who never lost their love of this country, never lost their faith in it or what the founding fathers had promised them. And that's why this story is simply called, For Love of Liberty."

- Colin Powell, former secretary of state, praising the Public Broadcasting System documentary, "For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots," which commemorates African American History Month as well as honors African Americans who served in the U.S. military

PBS film chronicles untold story of African-American service

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"The Army has some incredible technology at its disposal. But I'd take a platoon of 30 guys over a piece of computer-assisted equipment any day. The Army wouldn't work without its people, and it's lucky enough to have some of the best."

- Capt. Andy Scott, who started out as an Army engineer, but an interest in the law led him down a different path, attributes much of that positive experience to the people with whom he serves

Soldier finds calling in Law

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

February 2010

African American History Month See Web site: African Americans in the U.S. Army

Feb.1-7: National Patient Recognition Week

Feb. 15: President's Day

Feb. 24- 26: AUSA Winter Symposium

March 2010

Women’s History Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month


Mar. 18: Army Day

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

African American History Month

What is it?

February is African American History Month. Each year the Army commemorates the contributions and sacrifices made by its African American Soldiers and civilians with activities and events at installations throughout the Army. This year's theme is "For Love of Liberty- Celebrating African American Soldiers throughout History." A special PBS documentary also titled "For Love of Liberty" will air in February. This program highlights and celebrates the service of African-American patriots throughout history. African Americans at all levels - uniformed and civilian - have and continue to play, key leadership roles in the Army with fierce dedication to duty, honor and country.

What has the Army done?

A special Army.mil Web site, African Americans in the U.S. Army, outlining the contributions of African American Army personnel throughout history has been created. In addition, the Army has been working with producers of the "For Love of Liberty" documentary with a special unveiling of the "For Love of Liberty" display as well as special showings of the documentary at the Pentagon. A African American History Month event featuring the 555th Battalion "Triple Nickels" will occur at the Pentagon on February 11 with other various events scheduled on Army installations around the entire National Capital Region. Watch for information on when and where these events will occur.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army plans to continue to engage the public with various media products including blogs, roundtables and stories on Army.mil. These products will tell the stories of African American Soldiers and Army civilians both past and present. Special programs throughout the year, not just in February, will highlight diversity issues: Among them ethnic, gender and disability issues.

Why is this important to the Army?

U.S. Army designates the month of February to honor the service of African Americans in military and civil service. African American History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to the Army. Being a Soldier or Army civilian involves diverse opportunities and experiences not always available elsewhere - options that emotionally, morally, physically, professionally and economically challenge and empower people for life. The Army has created, sustains and protects a climate of equal opportunity for all and celebrates the expanding roles, responsibilities and economic opportunities for its African American members.

Resources:

African Americans in the U.S. Army

STAND-TO! edition Jan. 28, 2010: "For Love of Liberty": Showcasing African Americans' Military Service

For Love of Liberty

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

U.S. Army Center of Military History/African Americans in the Army

STAND-TO! edition Feb. 3, 2009: African American History Month

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