FORT KNOX, Ky.- 1st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) joins the nation in celebrating the history and accomplishments of African American Soldiers and civilians during the month of February in honor of African American/Black History Month.
The origins of the observance date back to 1926, when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, historian and founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, established the first Negro History Week to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
Sgt. 1st Class La'Keisha Hobbs-Joseph, equal opportunity advisor, 1st TSC, discussed why it's important to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans.
"As in the past, for over 400 years, Black/African Americans continue to write our nation's story with their commitment to arts, sports, science, technology and politics," said Hobbs-Joseph. "They also continue to defend and serve our country, to preserve our way of life, our freedom."
African Americans have defended our nation since the Revolutionary War, serving with honor and distinction. More than 350,000 African Americans served in the Army during World War I, and 1 million African Americans served in the military during World War II.
Today, more than 193,000 African Americans serve in the U.S. Army, including active-duty, National Guard and Army Reserve.
Hobbs-Joseph encourages 1st TSC personnel to come to this month's African American/Black History Month observance, hosted by U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Feb. 21, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Saber & Quill, on Fort Knox.
"Attending the African American and Black History Month observance will provide cultural awareness and recognize the immeasurable service that has and will continue to impact the history of the United States," she said. "So please come out and show support for "Honoring the Past, Securing the Future."
Kentucky Sen. Gerald Neal, District 33, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the event.