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Celebrating black history: month ends with celebration service

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

After a month-long focus on the contributions of African Americans in both civilian and military settings, Black History Month will close out with a flourish.

The 2017 Black History Month Celebration Service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the atrium of the Mission Support Group building, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

The theme of the event is “Hidden Figures.” The ceremony will commemorate some of the “Hidden Figures” involved in pivotal events in black history by recognizing their efforts in advancing equality rights for African Americans.

“The primary response we hope to achieve from this year's Black History Month observance service is an appreciation for the lesser known figures throughout central moments in African American history,” said Capt. Kruz Oliver, Headquarters Air Force Space Command Space-Based Missile Warning/Missile Defense Branch, and Black History Month action officer.

Included on the schedule are presentations and activities aimed at engaging and educating the audience.

“Our intent is to highlight these hidden figures by way of entertaining presentation of acting, song, and poetry,” Oliver said. “We want to provide a factual, historical account of the challenges associated with each of their lives and promote cultural diversity.”

The first 20 minutes will be food samplings from a local soul food establishment, Oliver said, then the program will proceed into presentations about four significant periods of history in the timeline of African American culture: slavery, the 1960’s civil rights movement, revolutionary socialism, and 21st century movements.

Each will feature a descriptive, historical narration, an actor portrayal of hidden figure characters and either a song or poetic reading. The actors will share insight from the life of the characters they portray.

The event is a collaborative effort between the 21st Operations Support Squadron and Peterson Air Force Base Special Observance Committee.

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