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Team Buckley celebrates Black History Month

Col. Rose Jourdan, 460th Mission Support Group commander, reads to children at the Crested Butte Child Development Center Feb. 3, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Jourdan read to the children in honor of Black History Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury/Released)

Col. Rose Jourdan, 460th Mission Support Group commander, reads to children at the Crested Butte Child Development Center Feb. 3, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Jourdan read to the children in honor of Black History Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury/Released)

Senior Airman Jasmine Madison, 460th Force Support Squadron force management technician, reads to children at the Crested Butte Child Development Center Feb. 3, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Madison read books highlighting the contributions of African-Americans in history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury/Released)

Senior Airman Jasmine Madison, 460th Force Support Squadron force management technician, reads to children at the Crested Butte Child Development Center Feb. 3, 2015, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. Madison read books highlighting the contributions of African-Americans in history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury/Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- -- During the month of February, Team Buckley will be recognizing African-American men and women who have made significant contributions to America's history.

"For as long as I can remember, February has been designated as Black History Month," said Master Sgt. Pourshia Chambers-Motley, Buckley Airman and Family Readiness Center NCO in charge. "However, recognition of African-Americans who have significantly influenced the development of this country, as well as others, were not always celebrated or even acknowledged."

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month, calling upon the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."

Although the month was nationally recognized in 1979, it has actually been celebrated for over 79 years.

"Black History Week was initially established in 1926 as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson, a black historian and author," Chambers-Motley said. "He spent his life working to educate all people about the immense contributions made by African-American men and women throughout history."

To kick off the event, Col. Rose Jourdan, 460th Mission Support Group commander, along with other Team Buckley volunteers, read to children Feb. 3 at the child development centers on base. Volunteers will continue to do so every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. at the A-Basin CDC and at 2:30 p.m. at the Crested Butte CDC.

"It's important to me (to read to the children) because our future generation needs to know about our history and the important role it played into building America," said Senior Airman Jasmine Madison, 460th Force Support Squadron force management technician.

To continue to celebrate the month, guest speaker Vern Howard, Colorado Martin Luther King Commission chairman, will be speaking from 11 to noon. Feb. 26 at the Buckley Chapel.

Team Buckley will also be pushing out Black History Month historical information and facts on the base marquees and the 460th Space Wing Facebook page, and educational posters will be placed in the Space Wing headquarters building, Bldg. 606, Panther Den and The Exchange.

"What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice," Woodson said. "It is my hope that people are receptive to learn new things, while also realizing that black history is not just black history, it is American history."
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