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News | Feb. 22, 2022

Black History Month Pop-up Showcases Prominent Black Leaders

By Senior Airman Alexandra Singer 633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The Langley African American Heritage Council hosted a Hall of Leaders Pop-up Museum for the first time in observance of Black History Month at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Feb. 9-11, 2022.

“Black History Month is a special time of year where we focus on the impressive contributions and achievements of Black Americans,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Porshae McMillan. “It is imperative on JBLE that we celebrate each other’s cultures and learn about the struggles of America’s past to build a brighter future.”

The Pop-up Museum featured Black leaders who all made significant impacts throughout history. Items were displayed at the exhibits to bring awareness to societal advancements that Black Americans had a part in.

According to McMillan, one of the museum's key exhibits showcased eight inventors that changed American culture in a comprehensive way.

Black history month has been celebrated annually since 1976. Every year, a new theme is recognized. This year’s theme is “Black Health and Wellness”.

“I hope that the JBLE community leaves with some insightful information about Black History that leads to understanding and change,” McMillan said. “I believe that many will also feel a sense of pride, strength and encouragement, knowing that the trailblazers and pioneers displayed in that room overcame incredible odds.”

JBLE members are encouraged to celebrate Black Americans and their accomplishments not only during the observance month, but at every opportunity they are given.