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Wing leaders recognize Black History Month

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. John Nichols, the 509th Bomb Wing commander, signed a proclamation on Feb. 1, 2019, declaring the month of February Black History Month at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Unfortunately, due to weather the events scheduled for this month were cancelled. However, members of the African American Heritage Association (AAHA) host events throughout the year to highlight the cultural impacts of African Americans throughout history. For more information about AAHA and how to get involved, email their organization box at 509FSS.FSMM.AAHC@us.af.mil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. John Nichols, the 509th Bomb Wing commander, signed a proclamation on Feb. 1, 2019, declaring the month of February Black History Month at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Unfortunately, due to weather the events scheduled for this month were cancelled. However, members of the African American Heritage Association (AAHA) host events throughout the year to highlight the cultural impacts of African Americans throughout history. For more information about AAHA and how to get involved, email their organization box at 509FSS.FSMM.AAHC@us.af.mil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --

Black History Month is a time for our Nation to continue the tradition of paying tribute to African Americans across the globe for their distinguished contributions, achievements, and the influence they have made in our nation’s history. For many, it is easy to turn a blind eye to traditions, experiences, and culture besides one’s own. Therefore, it is vital for everyone practice a sense of awareness.

Personally, like other practices and celebrations throughout the year, Black History should be celebrated all of the time, added to textbooks, and the origin of the events left the same. Slavery is not and should not be the only timeframe observed because there are millions of amazing discoveries, talents, and teachings that each child within the U.S. should see. It is always okay to celebrate oneself, but don’t forget to also cherish and celebrate someone who would be considered different than you. Embracing Diversity and Respecting Life is the key to keeping the peace for many generations to come.