On February 13, 2013, Fort Detrick recognized Black History Month through an observance which was themed "Remembering our past while shaping our future." The event brought in talented kids from local schools who established clubs and dance groups to bring awareness to diversity in America and in the military. The program emphasized that through the contributions of all nationalities and the efforts of those before us, we are their living legacies.
The Program involved B.R.A.V.O Club (Bulldogs Raising Awareness of Veteran Organizations) which is an after-school program at Ballenger Creek Middle that is comprised of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. B.R.A.V.O focuses on bringing awareness to the school and community about the U.S. military and veterans. B.R.A.V.O holds an annual Veterans Day dinner, participates in various local parades, sends letters and care packages to deployed troops, and participates in fundraisers that donates to charities, such as the Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Homefront.
Raised Thru Musiq, a local interretation dance group also performed. R.T.M. started out like any other hip-hop dance group: a couple friends with a common interest to dance. We danced to worldly hip-hop and R&B. However, Brandon Brownfield felt a calling from God to begin a new spiritual journey and walk in faith with God. It was time to make a drastic change. Anthony Davis, a.k.a. Tj Black, was all too happy to be a part. Now, together, we worship God to the fullest through our dance and spiritual interpretation.
The program concluded with guest speaker Nicole' Felton who told her family history and suggested we all help others first question why later.