AEDC African American Heritage Committee hosts Black History Luncheon

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- The African American Heritage Committee will hold a Black History luncheon Feb. 16, 12 p.m., at the Arnold Lakeside Center where they will reflect on the 2017 Black History theme, The Crisis of Black Education.

The 2017 theme, established by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans.

The ASALH executive summary regarding the theme states, “Carter G. Woodson once wrote that ‘if you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race, he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.’ Woodson understood well the implications associated with the denial of access to knowledge, and he called attention to the crisis that resulted from persistently imposed racial barriers to equal education.”

The luncheon speaker is Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., president of Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama.

Hugine earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics from South Carolina State University and a doctorate in higher education/institutional research from Michigan State University. He has presented at numerous professional meetings on strategies for increasing the number of minorities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and is the author of three mathematics textbooks.

Prior to his appointment at Alabama A&M University he served as president of South Carolina State University.

He has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his leadership in education and administrative skills.

Reservations and cash or check payment for the luncheon must be made no later than Feb. 8. The cost of the luncheon is $16 for non-Services members and $15 for Services members. Make reservations by emailing or by calling 454-5434 or 454-4342.