Robins to celebrate Black History Month 2018

2018 Black History Month poster

The Department of Defense 2018 Black History Month poster depicts the commemoration title, “Black History Month” centered at the top of the poster with the month, “February 2018” immediately below on the right hand side. Underlain behind the title and layered from top to bottom of the poster is a collage of photos of Black Service Members in wartime from each of the Armed Services. Photos at the top of the poster begin with the Civil War period and progress through time to WWI, WWII, Korea, and ending in the contemporary era. Centered at the bottom of the poster is the theme, “African Americans in Times of War.” Arced around the theme are highlighted photos of several key individuals: (left to right) Cathay Williams (1866: first Black female to enlist in the Army), Coast Guardsman Marvin Sanders (Fireman 1st Class, in the Southwest Pacific), Cadet Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez (first minority female Cadet Command Sergeant Major at the United States Military Academy at West Point – as a second lieutenant she was the first female graduate of West Point to die in Iraq, Sept 12, 2006), Howard P. Perry (first African American to enlist in the first U.S. Marine Corps’ class of 1,200 Black volunteers, 1942), and General Colin L. Powell (first Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and CJCS during Desert Shield/Desert Storm).


Robins’ community is made of a blend of various cultural backgrounds.

It’s one of the things that makes the base’s mission successful.

In February, Robins will kick off a variety of events, celebrating “African-Americans in Times of War.”

Robins will host health screenings on Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a proclamation signing at 11 a.m. at the Museum of Aviation’s Nugteren Exhibit Hangar. The event is free of charge and is open to the public.

Additionally, Robins will host a School Reading Program 5 through 28 Feb., a BHO Month Gala Dinner at 6 p.m. on Feb. 24, in the Nugteren Exhibit Hangar at the Museum of Aviation, the "Gospel Extravaganza" Feb. 25 at 3 p.m., Scott’s Theater, MoA, and the BHO Month Luncheon Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Heritage Club Ballroom.

The cost of the Luncheon Ticket is $15.00 per person.  The cost of the BHO Month Gala Dinner is $35.00 per person.

Kenneth Hubbard, chairman of the Black History Observance subcommittee, and a trustee on the executive board of the Team Robins Diversity Council, said the month-long observance is a time people recognize they have more in common than they thought.

“As we celebrate together, we soon learn that we are more alike than different, in and out of uniform,” he said.  “It’s rare to get the best overall team from only one particular culture.  All should be judged and valued not by the color of skin, nor by our political socialization, but by the content of one’s character. “

 Information and updates on Robins’ BHO Month events may be found via Base marques, flyers, emails, Robins Rev-Up and from Team Robins Diversity Council and BHO subcommittee members.   

For more information, contact Kenneth Hubbard at kenneth.hubbard.1@us.af.mil, or call 478-327-3522 or 478-397-2303.