Chief Master Sgt. Ray DeVite, 325th Fighter Wing command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Freddy Estacion, 325th Force Support Squadron superintendent and Maj. Braden Friday, 325th Force Support Squadron operations officer, admire art work by a local artist before the start of the Black Heritage luncheon Feb. 26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lisa Norman)
by 2nd Lt. Andrea Valencia
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
2/27/2013 - TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Tyndall Black Heritage Committee hosted its annual Black History Month luncheon at the Horizons Community Center Feb. 26.
This year's theme for the luncheon was "At the Cross Roads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington" and honored Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Tuskegee Airmen.
The guest speaker for the event, Mr. Darrell Kelly, local recording artist, author and pastor at Free Spirit Community Church, spoke about the struggles black communities have endured through the years and emphasized the importance of "letting go of unneeded baggage to be able seize opportunities when they become available."
"For so long the weight in our culture has been economical, social, educational, financial, cultural and even spiritual," said Mr. Kelly. "At the crossroads of freedom and equality we have a choice to either hold on to or let go the excess baggage and the weight."
The luncheon also featured an exhibit by local artist Ricky Steele and dance performances by the Ladies of Destiny.
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