BULKELEY Celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and throughout the month the Wolfpack have celebrated the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in America. We highlighted some of the important figures in African American History and in particular, those who served. The Plan of the Day highlighted some of these figures including Chief Gunner’s Mate John Henry Turpin, ENS Jesse LeRoy Brown, Mess Attendant First Class Leonard Roy Harmon, Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Carl Brashear, and Petty Officer Ship’s Cook Third Class Dorie Miller.

In commemoration of Black History Month, the Wolfpack assembled on the mess decks for an outstanding program organized by the Multi-Cultural Committee. The event began with a benediction by EN1 Hindman and national anthem sung by DCFA Wells, with emcee duties by LS1 Johnson. Mr. Bretz, NCPACE History instructor, discussed the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. And our guest speakers, DCCS Hurst and LTJG Slaughter, spoke about their experiences growing up and joining the Navy. A short video featured questions to the Wolfpack about Black History Month by DC1 Rodriguez and IT2 Bolton, produced by IC3 Whatley. Then the BULKELEY choir featuring IC2 Toomalatai, ET3 Evans, IC3 Cheatham, DCFA Wells, QM2 Hadley performed “Lift Every Voice” and “Oh Happy Day.” QM2 Hadley performed a poem by Langston Hughes with YN3 Bowe. And lastly, our Commanding Officer, CDR DeGregory, spoke to the crew about distinguished African American Sailors and the diversity in the Navy. A cake commemorating the month created by CSSA Heald was cut. Then all of the crew enjoyed the delicious dinner planned by CS1 Prendergast and fellow Culinary Specialists and Food Service Attendants, featuring fried pork chops and chicken, BBQ ribs, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, topped with corn bread and pecan pie. Movies with prominent African American actors and events played on Site TV.

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