“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
— Booker T. Washington
African American/Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements made by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role African Americans played in shaping our nation’s history. This year gains increased importance as it marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Appropriately selected, the 2014 theme for African American/Black History Month is “Civil Rights in America,” chronicling the important milestones by African Americans and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law. I encourage you to visit the following site for a great collection of information regarding this year’s celebration: http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2014/0214_aahm/.
Continuing to enrich our understanding of African American history serves to broaden our understanding of our nation’s history. We should embrace this time as a celebration of the great diversity of the American landscape as well as the great diversity of the AP Hill Family. Throughout this month, we look to recognize and celebrate the dedicated service and contributions of African Americans, both past and present.
We will host an African American/Black History Luncheon on 12 February at Romenick Hall and look forward to everyone’s participation in this great celebration and event. Please contact Ms. Camella “BJ” Preston or Mr. Ben Allen for additional information and how you might support this effort.
Peter E. Dargle
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander