DDEAMC celebrates African-American Black History Month
Personnel assigned to Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center celebrated African-American Black History month Feb. 21 with a program centered on this year’s theme of Civil Rights in America which focuses on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Joining DDEAMC in this year’s celebration was Pastor Charles E. Goodman Jr., senior pastor and teacher of the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church of Augusta, Ga., who as the guest speaker emphasized the equal opportunity program’s goal to recognize the contributions and achievements of all ethnicities to the American culture and increase awareness, mutual respect and understanding.
The program featured a video presentation commemorating African- American Black History, honing in on the words “I have a dream,” said by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Performances included vocals from Lateefah Young, a Family Medicine Clinic employee, who sang the national anthem then later performed a rendition of “I Believe” a song originally performed by Fantasia Barrino winner of American Idol, season three.
Lt. Col. Wendy Perry, chief of orthopedics and rehabilitation, performed a praise dance, to the song “Chains” by Kirk Franklin, a song that symbolizes being bound not necessarily by chains but circumstances, the stressors of life and yet having the strength to adapt and overcome.
Additional celebrations at DDEAMC included an ethnic meal at Ike’s Café dining facility and weekly crossword puzzles with staff participation for prizes.
The month’s celebration will end with a Jeopardy!- like challenge featuring historical African-American and Black History facts.