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Feb 4, 2013 - African American/Black History Month

February is African American/Black History Month. The 2013 theme is "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington."

This year's theme marks two important anniversaries in the history of African Americans and the United States:

  • On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation set the United States on the path of ending slavery.

  • On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans, blacks and whites, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, marched to the memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the author of the Emancipation Proclamation, in the continuing pursuit of equality of citizenship and self-determination.

Please read the attached tri-signed letter for a message from the Secretary of the Army, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Sergeant Major of the Army in recognition of this special observance.

Also, please take a moment to visit the HQDA Directorate of Equal Employment Opportunity's African American/Black History month exhibit on display during the month of February at the Pentagon, 2d Floor, Apex of Corridors 9 and 10.

For more information, contact Ms. Monique Dismuke, Affirmative Employment Program Manager, HQDA, Directorate of Equal Employment Opportunity at monique.v.dismuke.civ@mail.mil.

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