The Department of Defense 2018 Black History Month poster depicts the commemoration title, “Black History Month” centered at the top of the poster with the month, “February 2018” immediately below on the right hand side. Underlain behind the title and layered from top to bottom of the poster is a collage of photos of Black Service Members in wartime from each of the Armed Services. Photos at the top of the poster begin with the Civil War period and progress through time to WWI, WWII, Korea, and ending in the contemporary era. Centered at the bottom of the poster is the theme, “African Americans in Times of War.” Arced around the theme are highlighted photos of several key individuals: (left to right) Cathay Williams (1866: first Black female to enlist in the Army), Coast Guardsman Marvin Sanders (Fireman 1st Class, in the Southwest Pacific), Cadet Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez (first minority female Cadet Command Sergeant Major at the United States Military Academy at West Point – as a second lieutenant she was the first female graduate of West Point to die in Iraq, Sept 12, 2006), Howard P. Perry (first African American to enlist in the first U.S. Marine Corps’ class of 1,200 Black volunteers, 1942), and General Colin L. Powell (first Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and CJCS during Desert Shield/Desert Storm).
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