Friday, October 3, 2014

TOP STORY >> TLR celebrates Diversity Day

By Senior Airman Kaylee Clark
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Little Rock Air Force Base embraced various cultures during the second annual Diversity Day, Sept. 26 at Little Rock Air Force Base.

The melting pot of Team Little Rock members gathered at the Heritage Park flag pole to begin the day with a Unity Walk led by the Little Rock Central High School marching band.

The walk ended at Hangar 233 where booths representing multiple cultures lined the hangar for interested attendees wanting to learn more about specific cultures, ethnicities, ideologies or backgrounds.

Guest speakers enlightened attendees about their past experiences such as overcoming hardship and adversity. Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, spoke about his involvement with the integration of Little Rock’s segregated public school system at Central High School.

“Nothing was more spectacular than our guest speaker, Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the original Little Rock Nine members,” said 1st Lt. Andrea Collins, 19th Force Support Squadron sustainment services deputy flight commander. “His speech was immaculate and touching as he relayed his ‘lessons from Little Rock’ during the 1957 desegregation of Central High School and how the choices he made then have played a major role in his life every day since.”

Entertainment groups performed acts representing different cultures.

The Alpha Phi Alpha step team from the University of Arkansas Little Rock kept the crowd pumped by performing exhilarating step routines.

Attendees also indulged themselves in cuisines from various heritages while learning about the history and background of each treat.

The annual Diversity Day is still new to Airmen as it is only in its second year. The combination of cultural observances provides an encompassing atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

“Each year we will look to grow and welcome any feedback on how to make the event better,” said Collins.

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