Robins set to celebrate Black History Month with events throughout February

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  • By Holly Logan-Arrington
  • Robins Public Affairs

Robins will mark February by celebrating a culture full of accomplishments throughout history.


February is Black History Observance Month. Robins has a variety of events lined up to celebrate the culture’s history.


The 2019 theme is “Black Migration and Urban Realities.”


Kenneth Hubbard, a 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron program management specialist, who serves as the 2019 Robins Diversity Council president, said Robins has used Black History month for years to highlight the importance of one another’s cultures and contributions made within the local community and throughout the nation. 


“This nation benefited by the migration of those with a diversity of talent, skills and culture as a form of salt and light to flavor the society in which we live, realizing the challenge for a better quality of life, liberty and opportunities for the pursuit of happiness,” he said.  “In essence, ‘for all were created equal.’”


Hildred Jones, co-chair of the Black History Observance Sub-Committee, said the observance is a great opportunity to educate younger generations about the great accomplishments of the black American community.


Jones said Robins’ calendar of events for the month will hopefully inspire the community to celebrate past and present accomplishments and further promote awareness of African American history.


Robins’ Black History Month will kick off with a proclamation signing at 1 p.m. on Feb. 4, at the Base Restaurant.


The month-long observance will include a Gospel Extravaganza, featuring Pastor Mark Robinson, the Mount Carmen Praise Team, and many more, to be held Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Museum of Aviation’s Scott Theater. It will also have a school reading program, featuring volunteers reading select books throughout the month, and the Black History Month luncheon in the Heritage Club ballroom on Feb. 28, at 11 a.m.


Hubbard said taking time to celebrate people’s differences helps people see how much they have in common.


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


Information on BHOM events will be made available through the base marquees, flyers, emails, Robins’ home page and Facebook page.


For more information on the BHOM luncheon, call Hildred Jones at 478-361-5454.