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News | Feb. 12, 2021

Commanding General's National Black History Month Message

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Each year, during the month of February, the Department of Defense joins the nation in honoring Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month. The month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they have played in our nation’s history. The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. Few could have imagined African Americans’ future contributions to education that would be recognized by the global community.

Our EEO office did a phenomenal job of highlighting the achievements of African Americans in this month’s attached bulletin. The bulletin highlights the extraordinary efforts of African Americans in the military, including African Americans during the Civil War, African Americans In combat, and the first Black graduate of West Point. The bulletin also spotlights the achievements of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known as “The Father of Black History.”

As we celebrate African American History Month, I’d like to ask that as you reflect on our nation's history and progress, you also recommit to advancing equal opportunity for all.

Mr. Knight and I would like to thank you for everything you do to support our Warfighters and our federal partners. Keep striving for excellence and look after one another. Stay safe!