February 28, 2008

Virginia Guard celebrates Black History Month

By Staff Sgt. A.J. Coyne
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

Charles Williams (front) and Tom Teasley (rear) of Teasley & Williams perform at the Virginia National Guard 2008 Black History Month Observance Feb. 26 at Fort Pickett. (Photo by Staff Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard celebrated Black History Month Feb. 26 at the Fort Pickett Officer’s Club. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism” and the hour-long program featured music, food and artwork that highlighted black history.

In addition to Soldiers, Airmen and civilians from the Virginia Guard community, several dozen members of the Parkview High School Junior ROTC attended. The group also provided a color guard for the event.
The highlight of the event was a performance from Teasley & Williams, an accomplished, Washington, D.C.-based musical duo. The two former servicemembers used music from Africa and writings from famous leaders in African-American history to take the audience on a journey from Africa through early American history to today. 

“This year's program was better than expected,” said Capt Antoinette Allen, the state equal employment manager. “The event highlighted the diversity that Virginia has always been known for.”

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