(Via Ho’okele News)
Airman 1st Class Daniel Lee and Senior Airman Kelvin Johnson, 15th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron dental technicians, serve food at the African American History Month luncheon at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Feb. 6. (See additional photo on page A-5).
Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez
15th Wing Public Affairs
Members of the 15th Wing gathered to celebrate African American history and reflect on notable figures of the civil rights movement during a luncheon Feb. 6 at the Hickam Officers Club.
The luncheon, hosted by the Hickam African American Heritage Association, featured guest speaker Chaplain (Maj.) Anthony J. Cook, the chaplain for the 130th Engineer Brigade (rear detachment). Cook highlighted the importance of honoring historical figures who paved the way for the freedoms all Americans enjoy today.
“It’s unfathomable not having the basic freedoms we have today in America, things like sitting next to someone of another race on a plane,” Cook said.
“These basic things that we don’t even think twice about today are possible because of the hard work and perseverance of the brave men and women of the civil rights movement.”
Master Sgt. Dejnekki Peyton, 15th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron flight chief and an organizer of the luncheon, said the event is a time to reflect on what African American historical figures did for our country.
“This event is a great time to come together, learn and have a good time,” Peyton said. “All of the presenters and organizers are passionate about being here, and it really reflects on the mood and energy.”
The luncheon included poetry, a “Who am I?” reading of historical black figures, and a singing of the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Col. Johnny Roscoe, 15th Wing commander, said it is always important and impactful when the wing members gather to celebrate diversity.
“I’m proud to be the commander of such a diverse and creative wing,” Roscoe said. “It truly makes me so happy to know we have people from all walks of life working together that come together, to reflect on history’s most outstanding freedom fighters.”