Ronald Reagan Sailors Observe Black History Month

Story Number: NNS080228-07Release Date: 2/28/2008 11:13:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Aaron G. Holt, USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Hundreds of Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) gathered in the ship's hangar bay Feb. 26 to observe Black History Month while the ship was in homeport.

The Ronald Reagan Strike Group Diversity Committee organized the event, which concluded the month-long observance of Black Heritage Month.

This year's celebration included cultural dances by the Emenogu Cultural Group of San Diego, as well as a presentation of black accomplishments throughout history.

According to committee members, this was the first time in three years the celebration was able to place in homeport instead of during an underway period.

The conclusion of the event was marked by a reenactment of the historic signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The event was enjoyed by those who were able to take time from their work day to attend the event.

"The event was well put together, it was an honest look at black history, our history and the contributions African-Americans have made to America," said Aerographer's Mate 1st Class Kenneth Constantine, one of the crew members in attendance.

Ronald Reagan's commanding officer closing remarks during the celebration.

"I thought it was great, black history is our [American] history and February is a great month to celebrate that," said Capt. Terry B. Kraft.

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