Walden’s Words: Celebrating Black History Month

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Diversity is important.  Christians are a diverse group of people.  Christianity’s diversity includes various languages, belief systems, races, nationalities, and genders to name a few.  February is a time when many people in the United States of America (USA) place a special emphasis on celebrating Black History Month.  Black History Month remains relevant.  Black History is still being made today.

Major General Marcia M. Anderson_

Major General Marcia Anderson, the first African-American woman promoted to two stars in the United States Military, has served since 1 October 2011 as the senior advisor to the Chief, Army Reserve on policies and programs for the USAR including force structure, Congressional budget and appropriations process, development of staff and personnel policies, as well as Department of The Army and Department of Defense Matters.

Black people have given significant military service to the USA.  A few examples are the following:

Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airmen

  • 1775 – 1783: Crispus Attucks in the American Revolutionary War
  • 1863 – 1865: 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the American Civil War
  • 1866 – 1951: Buffalo Soldiers in the American Indian Wars, Banana Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, Border War, World War I, World War II
  • 1940 – 1952: Tuskegee Airmen in the World War II

The military usually does a good job with various programs celebrating diversity in the form of Black History in February on many bases across the globe.

Diversity is important.

As a military chaplain, I feel fortunate that people of many races serve the USA in the armed services.  The military has made impressive strides toward equality and fairness in race relations.

I encourage all Christians to celebrate Black History Month during this month of February.  The military is a better organization, because of an increase of diversity.  With equal importance, faith communities should celebrate all of God’s creation all throughout the year.  Happy Black History Month!

Ken Walden, UMR Columnist

Ken Walden

Ken Walden is an Air Force Chaplain Reservist and United Methodist Clergyperson. He is the author of Challenges Faced by Iraq War Reservists and Their Families.

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