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Portrait of singer Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 1947. William P. Gottlieb - Photographs, Golden Age of Jazz, Library of Congress. Portrait of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, African American scholar and educator, photo courtesy of  U.S. Department of Agriculture. Photo of Jackie Robinson in Kansas City Monarchs uniform. Photograph, Call (Kansas City), 1945. By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s, Library of Congress.
Portrait of Tuskegee Airman Robert M. Glass, Courtesy photo. Capt. Charles Young while in service with the 9th Cavalry, Courtesy of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce, Ohio.
Celebrating African American History
University Helps DoD Celebrate African-American History
University Helps DoD Celebrate
African-American History

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Feb. 29, 2008 – Fayetteville State University, the oldest public historically black institution of higher learning in North Carolina, hosted the Defense Department’s 2008 African-American History Month outreach and observance program Feb. 25 and 26.

This is the sixth year officials have “taken the Pentagon to the people” at historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans, both past and present. Story

Troops in Iraq Celebrate
African-American Contributions

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq , Feb. 26, 2008 – “Gas! Gas! Gas!” But for the contribution of one black American inventor, that familiar call might not echo through Army bases as soldiers train with gas masks against chemical-weapons attack.

Similarly, the blood bank system, responsible for saving countless lives on the battlefield since World War II, was the work of an African-American, Frederick McKinley Jones.

Soldiers here came together Feb. 21 to celebrate these and the other significant contributions made by African-Americans during an African American History Month program. Story

Troops in Iraq Celebrate African-American Contributions
U.S. Navy Cdr. Richard Bryant
U.S. Navy Cdr. Richard Bryant, commanding officer of the fast attack submarine USS Miami, thanks his family after receiving the 2008 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Career Achievement in Government presented to him by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead, left, during the 2008 Black Engineer of the Year Awards in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 16, 2008. The Black Engineer of the Year Awards honors innovators who demonstrate excellence in science, engineering and technology and show a commitment torecruiting and retaining minorities in the nation's science and technology enterprises. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones
African-Americans Have Legacy
Of Military Service, Sacrifice

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2008 – Since the birth of America, African-Americans have been fighting and dying alongside their countrymen as the United States has struggled for freedom and peace at home and abroad.

African-American soldiers have fought in every war the United States has participated in, including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the current war on terror. Story

President Celebrates Heritage Month

"Thank you all for coming. Good afternoon, and welcome to the White House. Laura and I are honored that you all came, as we celebrate African American History Month. This is a month in which we recognize the many African Americans who've made great contributions to our country. We honor the talent and their courage. We renew our commitment to securing liberty and justice for every American," President Bush said Feb. 12, 2007, during a ceremony at the White House. Transcript

A Proclamation by the President

During National African American History Month, we honor the achievements and celebrate the rich heritage of African Americans. Throughout our Nation's history, African Americans from all walks of life have offered their talents to the betterment of American society.

Scholars such as Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. DuBois were early leaders who placed great importance on educating all people about the need for justice and racial equality. Athletes such as Jackie Robinson and Althea Gibson persevered while breaking the color barrier and competing at the highest levels of sports. Musicians like Nat King Cole and Billie Holiday lifted the American spirit with their creativity and musical gifts. Through their extraordinary accomplishments, these leaders helped bring our Nation closer to fulfilling its founding ideals. Proclamation

African Americans in the Army
Air Force Heritage to Horizon African American History Month Multimedia Presentation
Diversity - The Genius of Our People