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PAFB Celebrating Black History Month

Open Mic Night was held at the Tides Feb. 15. Attendees sang, recited poems, danced and even performed a few magic tricks. (Left to right) Yvette Coleman, AFTAC, Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 45th Space Wing commander, Jada Stevens, 45th Medical Support Squadron and Master Sgt. Jillian John, 45th Medical Group. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Nelly Slaughter)

Open Mic Night was held at the Tides Feb. 15. Attendees sang, recited poems, danced and even performed a few magic tricks. (Left to right) Yvette Coleman, AFTAC, Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton, 45th Space Wing commander, Jada Stevens, 45th Medical Support Squadron and Master Sgt. Jillian John, 45th Medical Group. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Nelly Slaughter)

The 5th Annual Gospel Extravaganza was held Feb. 23 at Patrick Air Force Base's South Chapel. Pictured are members of the African-American Heritage Committee (left to right) Mr. Thomas Highsmith, AFTAC, Master Sgt. Jillian John, 45th Medical Group, Ms. Johnnie Stockton, 45th Medical Group, Ms. Annita Lomax, Ms. Yvette Coleman, AFTAC,  Ms. Daffodil Bailey, Mr. Robert Southern, AFTAC, and Tech Sgt. Lee Sinclair, 45th Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Nelly Slaughter)

The 5th Annual Gospel Extravaganza was held Feb. 23 at Patrick Air Force Base's South Chapel. Pictured are members of the African-American Heritage Committee (left to right) Mr. Thomas Highsmith, AFTAC, Master Sgt. Jillian John, 45th Medical Group, Ms. Johnnie Stockton, 45th Medical Group, Ms. Annita Lomax, Ms. Yvette Coleman, AFTAC, Ms. Daffodil Bailey, Mr. Robert Southern, AFTAC, and Tech Sgt. Lee Sinclair, 45th Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Nelly Slaughter)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Patrick Air Force Base closed out Black History Month with a bang! Events such as 2nd Annual Fish Fry held on Feb. 8, Open Mic and Rhythm and Blues Night held on Feb. 15, and Gospel Extravaganza held on Feb. 23 were hosted by the Black History Month Committee at places anyone in the community could attend, the South Chapel and the Tides.

The Black History Month events were held to honor the figures of the past that have had an impact on the community.

Contributors such as artists from both Patrick AFB and the local community gave to the Black culture with poetry, cultural stories and gospel music, reminding us of our history and traditions while giving us the knowledge and enthusiasm to continue to keep them alive.

The Committee was very pleased to have been able to get the volunteers that came out and supported them.

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