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AEDC committee announces Black History luncheon

Lonnie Norman, Mayor of Manchester, Tenn.

Lonnie Norman, Mayor of Manchester, Tenn.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History theme (Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute image)

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History theme (Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute image)

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- The African American Heritage committee will hold a Black History luncheon Feb. 12, 12 p.m., at the Arnold Lakeside Center where they will recognize sites of African American memories.

The 2016 Black History theme, established by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, is "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories." The theme reflects on the places where African Americans have made history; from port cities where Africans disembarked from slave ships to battlefields where their descendants fought for freedom.

The ASAALH executive summary regarding the theme states, "The Kingsley Plantation, DuSable's home site, the numerous stops along the Underground Railroad, Seneca Village, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Frederick Douglas's home - to name just a few - are sites that keep alive the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in our consciousness."

The luncheon speaker is Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman.

Norman was the first black mayor of Manchester, elected in 1991, and was re-elected as the 45th mayor in 2012.

Governor Haslam appointed Norman to the Tennessee Duck River Development Agency Board of Directors in 2011 and he is a member of the Coffee County E-911 Board of Directors. He served on steering committees for Vice President Al Gore's 2000 campaign and former United States Congressman Harold Ford Jr.'s 2006 Senate campaign.

Norman served as an alderman for Manchester from 1984-1991 and served as Vice Mayor for three administrations.

In 2003 he retired from AEDC as a supervisor with 41 years of service. He held several positions at AEDC including custodian, instrument technician and lead technician.

Reservations and cash or check payment for the luncheon must be made no later than Feb. 5. The cost of the luncheon is $12 for non-Services members and $11 for Services members. Make reservations by emailing AEDC.AAHC.AAHC@us.af.mil or by calling 454-5706, 454-7661 or 454-7096.

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