By Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit
19th Airlift Wing, Public Affairs
The course of American history has been directed and redirected by people from all walks of life. From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terrorism, the men and women protecting our freedom work hand in hand to accomplish the mission.
Although the cohesion that our servicemen and women portray, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity stands strong today, this has not always been the case. The military and our nation as a whole have come a long way in acceptance and understanding of the differences that make us unique.
The month of February commemorates Black History Month and pays tribute to the African-Americans who have contributed to the political, social and integral ideals of the American people and to the desegregation of our nation.
During the month of February, in order to bring awareness and celebrate, we will highlight several significant individuals who contributed to the history of African Americans.
From African-Americans who have contributed to our military to those who have risen among the ranks in education and politics, the features will highlight African-American contributors whose persistence has paid off and who have obtained the recognition for their efforts when it was the hardest time to do so.
Little Rock, Ark. embraces black history and proudly stands out as one of the nation’s greatest influences in the long process of desegregation. The Little Rock Nine, with the help of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, attended Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., for the first time, breaking the trend of segregation and laying a path for others to follow. This thought-out yet bold action broke down the barriers that inhibited African-Americans from following their educational goals and dreams and started a positive trend that provided equal opportunity for all people to follow.
This month, take the time to reflect on the sacrifices that were made for the right cause and remember the brave men and women who supported the cause any way they could. Discover Little Rock and get to know the history surrounding the city.