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Peterson holds African American History Month Musical Extravaganza

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- Staff Sgt. Jojuan A. Green, 21st Operations Support Squadron weapons and tactics tactician, addresses the audience at the African American History Month Musical Extravaganza in The Club Ballroom, at Peterson Air Force Base, March 8, 2016. The event celebrated the significance of African American heritage through song and poetry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis J. Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- Staff Sgt. Jojuan A. Green, 21st Operations Support Squadron weapons and tactics tactician, addresses the audience at the African American History Month Musical Extravaganza in The Club Ballroom, at Peterson Air Force Base, March 8, 2016. The event celebrated the significance of African American heritage through song and poetry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis J. Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- Senior Airman Angel D. Turner, 21st Medical Support Squadron health services management, sings during the African American History Month Musical Extravaganza in The Club Ballroom, at Peterson Air Force Base, March 8, 2016. The event involved songs and poetry readings by member of Team Peterson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis J. Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- Senior Airman Angel D. Turner, 21st Medical Support Squadron health services management, sings during the African American History Month Musical Extravaganza in The Club Ballroom, at Peterson Air Force Base, March 8, 2016. The event involved songs and poetry readings by member of Team Peterson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis J. Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- Col. Troy L. Endicott, 21st Operations Group commander, offers closing remarks to the audience during the African American History Month Musical Extravaganza in The Club Ballroom, at Peterson Air Force Base, March 8, 2016. The event included performances from several military branches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis J. Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- Col. Troy L. Endicott, 21st Operations Group commander, offers closing remarks to the audience during the African American History Month Musical Extravaganza in The Club Ballroom, at Peterson Air Force Base, March 8, 2016. The event included performances from several military branches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dennis J. Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Peppered throughout the crowd in The Club's large Ballroom at Peterson Air Force Base was a wide range of Airman and civilians from diverse military and cultural backgrounds.

They were in attendance to honor African American heritage throughout American history in a unique yet complimentary way. A way that was sure to get the toes tapping and the body moving. 

Staff Sgt. Jojuan A. Green, 21st Operations Support Squadron weapons and tactics tactician, and Airman 1st Class Andrew M. Lewis, 21st Operations Support Squadron space and missile intelligence analyst, came together to create and host the African American History Month Musical Extravaganza at the Club to celebrate the significance of African American heritage through song and poetry.

After Martin Luther King, Jr. Day came and went, Green and Lewis decided they wanted to host an event where the rich songs of the African American culture helped tell the story.

Green, a native of Georgia, felt Peterson AFB deserved an event where Airmen benefited from the togetherness African American music creates. 

"I want to highlight the musical stylings of the African American culture," said Green. "Music has done so much to bring people together from different cultures and different backgrounds. I want to bring a little bit of that heritage from back home to here."

The event guided all who attended on an audible journey through the historic sites that played a huge role in shaping American heritage. At each destination, poems were read and vocalists performed renditions of culturally significant songs.

"Music helps individuals cope through adversity," said Lewis. "Music is a universal language. It's important to a lot of people because it helps soothe the soul."

Just as music played a big role in the culture of African Americans it also played a large role in the success of the event. 

"What they did today was great," said Col. Troy L. Endicott, 21st Operations Group commander. "This was a super opportunity to celebrate our rich American history, the diversity of Armed Forces and the fellowship with a group of great talented singers. It helps remind us of our history, of which, we are still writing."

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