Black Migrations: movement across miles, history

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  • By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle
  • Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs
Each February, the nation observes Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, to celebrate achievements by Black Americans and recognize their central role in U.S. history.

This month, Air Force District of Washington will provide historical facts about Black Americans who excelled in the U.S. Army Air Corps, the U.S. Air Force, and who made significant impact during pivotal points in the nation’s sociopolitical history.

The 2019 theme, as provided by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, is “Black Migrations,” which emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities, with a focus on the 20th century through today.

The Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute announces the availability of original artwork available for download and this year’s Black History Month poster centers on a man’s silhouette consisting of numerous images of African Americans from all walks of life; inventors, scientists, military members, astronauts, actors/actresses, politicians, sports figures, and others.

Some members include an icon of their key invention, an aspect of their profession or life, or a key historical location. The subject in the poster dons attire typical of a person from the early 20th century; wearing a suit, a flat cap, and carries a briefcase.

For more information and additional artwork, visit Visit the AFDW Facebook page for more facts and photos in the series this month