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Raiders Celebrate African American History Month

History exhibition at the Freedom Chapel showing African Americans accomplishments throughout history

African American History showcases history exhibition at the Freedom Chapel at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb 13. The presentation showed the accomplishments of African Americans and their history in the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

guest speaker Master Sgt. Jessica Wheeler, the 28th Force Support Squadron Section Chief of Readiness and Plans, talks about the voting struggles that African Americans had to face

African American History Month is celebrated at the Freedom Chapel at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 13. The celebration has guest speaker Master Sgt. Jessica Wheeler, the 28th Force Support Squadron Section Chief of Readiness and Plans, talks about the voting struggles that African Americans had to face, and her personal struggles she had growing up as an African American woman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

Man prepares mango curry dish at African American History Celebration

A cultural dish was created to promote diversity for African American History Month in the Freedom Chapel at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Feb. 13. Master Sgt. James Beck, a 89th Attack Squadron Disarm Flight Chief, made homemade mango curry with lemon cakes for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Quentin K. Marx)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE S.D. -- Airmen celebrated African American History Month inside the Freedom Chapel at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Feb. 13.

The purpose of Black History month is to reflect on the past of those who have paved the way for the future of African Americans and honor their contributions to the United States.

“The African American History month celebration had Master Sgt. Jessica Wheeler, the 28th Force Support Squadron Section Chief of Readiness and Plans, talk about the African American vote, and how hard it was for people to do so,” said Master Sgt. Crystal Harris, the 28th Bomb Wing Law Office Superintendent. “She also spoke about her struggles growing up as an African American in the United States, her history and the adversity she faced throughout her life.

The celebration had an exhibition highlighting African American History and their achievements, and a cultural dish to bring awareness and to emphasize diversity.

“[What] African American History Month means to me is being able to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have provided to the country, and to bring light to a lot of things that a lot of people are usually unaware of,” said Master Sgt. James Beck, a 89th Attack Squadron Aviation Resource Management Flight Chief.

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