RICHMOND, VA, Feb. 13, 2019 —
What is your name and job title?
My name is Meia Barnes and I’m a quality assurance product specialist.
Where do you physically work and to what organization do you report?
I work within Defense Logistics Agency Aviation’s Supplier Operations Commodities Directorate’s Aviation and Airframes Division.
How long have you worked for DLA?
I’ve been with DLA Aviation for 3.5 years.
What does the 2019 African American/Black History Month theme "Black Migrations" mean to you?
When I think of the "Black Migrations" theme, first I think of a people who encompass three major characteristics: strength, faith and determination. Strength, because we were able to endure and survive through the many stages and rages that were brought against us. Faith, because there was an undying belief that after the stages and rages there was opportunity and a better life. Then determination, because even when that faith may have started to lessen we never let that faith die. I say this all in past tense, but I feel it also goes for our present.
Secondly, I think of more than the physical movement, the theme is also about the spread of cultural influences and contributions in education, technology, entertainment, politics, movements etc. that touch every person in this world to this day.
What misconception about your heritage or country of origin would you like to correct?
One misconception about my heritage is that there is only one way to be "Black." Not true. Yes, we share a history, but when it comes to the person there are many differences that effect our diction, style, preferences, culture, religion etc. There are many ways to embrace and be proud of who you are. I believe this pride is much owed to the "Black Migrations."
What do you want the DLA Aviation workforce to take away from celebrating this particular month?
One thing I would want the workforce to take away from celebrating this particular month is that the recognition of black history does not begin and/or end with the month of February. Another is that black history recognizes the accomplishments set forth by not only African Americans, but also blacks around the world. Since the beginning of time, we have made an impact on this world. We did not begin being who we are at the start of slavery and we do not stop at the coasts of the U.S., these are the lessons that also need to be taught.