Black History Month Kick-off

Black History Month Kick-off

HATTIESBURG (January 17, 2020) – The African American Military History Museum will
be hosting a new exhibition – Shaping America: African American Women in the Armed
Forces and Beyond. The kick off event is set for January 30 at 10:00 a.m., at the
historic USO, located in the heart of the Sixth Street Museum District.

The Kick Off highlights the strength and courage of African American Women veterans
and civilians playing a significant role in the advancement and shape of American
culture and values. This year, the event will be held in honor of the late Iola Williams,
former Executive Director of the African American Military History Museum, Director
of Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation and the first African American member of the San
Jose, CA City Council.

“Quote from Latoya Norman”
To commemorate the contributions and accomplishments of women in the military
this Black History Month, join us for:
❖ February 6, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: “The Conversation” and book signing
featuring Dr. Shelia W. Varnado.
❖ February 7, 14, 21, 28 (Every Friday of BHM) at 10:00 a.m.: Story Time with a
Soldier – (Reservation Required)
❖ February 18 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: A Student Showcase Through the Arts
Community Bank serves as the sponsor for Black History Month at the African
American Military History Museum. This program is free and open to the public. For
additional information, please contact the museum at 601.450.1942. or visit Facebook


Located at 305 East Sixth Street in downtown Hattiesburg, the African American Military History Museum is dedicated to preserving the Historic USO Club and the collections within, providing awareness and knowledge of African American experiences and contributions in the United States Armed Forces. Managed and operated by the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, it is currently the only surviving restored USO built exclusively for African American soldiers, and in 2003 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 150 years of African American military history is on display in the Museum.

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