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Defense Supply Center Columbus’ African American History Program features Columbus City Schools official
Members from the Drumline of East High School perform during the Defense Supply Center Columbus’ Feb. 19 African American History Program in the Operations Center Auditorium.
Feb. 21, 2020 - Defense Supply Center Columbus’ workforce gathered in the Operations Center Auditorium to celebrate the installation’s African American History program Feb. 19, honoring African Americans past and present contributions to America’s success.

Carter G. Woodson nominees announced
The Defense Federal Community named the nominees for the annual Carter G. Woodson Award this week. Two winners will be announced during the Black History Month observance Feb. 19 at the Operations Center Auditorium. Nominees pictured left to right starting from the top row: Eukia Bryant, Lashana Crone, Alice Ferguson, Erika Manuel, Tessie Stanford, Michele Thrower-Shank and Kimberly Wilson-Lawson.
Feb. 14, 2020 - The Defense Supply Center Columbus has named the 2020 Carter G. Woodson Award nominees. The annual award recognizes two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the African American community – one each from the Central Ohio community and the Defense Federal community. Past recipients include former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and Charles Tennant, the founder of Columbus’ Africentric School.



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January: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Authority: Public Law 98-144; Public Law 98-399


The first observance of the Federal legal holiday honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. was established on January 20, 1986. This holiday serves as time for Americans to reflect on the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social change espoused by Martin Luther King, Jr.; and it is appropriate for the Federal Government to coordinate efforts with Americans of diverse backgrounds and with private organizations in the observance of the Federal legal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Day is observed in the U.S. on the third Monday of January. The never changing theme for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday is: Remember! Celebrate! Act! A Day On, Not A Day Off!


February: African American History Month and
presentation of the "Carter G. Woodson Award"

Authority: Public Law 99-244, Executive Order 11478


In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson instituted the first week-long celebration to raise awareness of African Americans' contributions to history. 50 years later, the week became a month, and today February is celebrated as African American History Month. The month of February was chosen because it celebrates the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both of whom dramatically affected the lives of African Americans. Frederick Douglass (1817-1895) was a writer, lecturer, editor, and civil rights activist who escaped slavery at age 21 and went on to campaign for the abolition of slavery, establish a newspaper, and hold the office of Minister to Haiti. He was a major voice in the anti-slavery/civil rights movement of his time. Abraham Lincoln (born February 12, 1809), as the sixteenth president of the United States, issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, thereby declaring that all slaves within the Confederacy would be permanently free. Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH) founded by Dr. Woodson, sets the theme for the month.


DLA Land and Maritime presents its Annual Carter G. Woodson Award to recognize two individuals. The first award is presented to a military or civilian member of the Defense Federal Community who has made significant contributions to the African American Community, and the second award honors an individual from the Central Ohio Community at Large for outstanding contributions, as well.

"If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything." - Malcolm X

About AAEP


The purpose of the African-American Employment Program (AAEP) is to ensure that African-Americans have an equal opportunity to compete in all aspects of Federal employment, address the under representation issues, eliminate discriminatory barriers, monitor merit promotions, advise on potential Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEO) complaints, and all personnel activities that impact hiring, development and recognition.


The AAEP assists in creating cultural awareness through observance programs and programs to address concerns and needs of African-Americans. The DLA Land and Maritime AAEP is under the auspices of the EEO Office.


The AAEP consists of a manager and coordinator, responsible for the implementation of the program, and committee members that provide support to AAEP endeavors. The program's success depends on the quality, commitment, and support of management at all levels.



The DLA Land and Maritime AAEP is established in accordance with the provisions of the Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 1440.1, The DoD Civilian Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program.



To strengthen the bonds between DLA Land and Maritime and its African-American associates through programs committed to multiculturalism, and an emphasis on the development of character which values integrity, respect, decency, dignity, and responsibility.


  • Promote and encourage professional development and leadership skills
  • Serve as an advocate to eliminate discriminatory barriers and foster an environment of inclusion 
  • Increase cultural awareness, mutual respect and understanding
  • Serves as an advocate for recruitment, hiring and retention of African Americans


  • Value the difference in people
  • Foster an environment of mutual trust and respect
  • Promise professional and personal growth
  • Create a supportive environment for each other
  • Recognize that sharing of information promotes the full participation of our work force 

"I used to want the words "She tried" on my tombstone. Now I want "She did it"." - Katherine Dunham

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