The U.S. Navy joins the nation in celebrating the history of African American Sailors and civilians during African American/Black History Month, Feb. 1-28. This year's theme is 'African Americans in Times of War,' which recognizes the contributions African Americans have made to the nation during times of war from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts. Currently, African Americans make up 17 percent of all Navy personnel, or roughly 64,000 Sailors. A complete educational presentation, including a downloadable educational poster on African American/Black History month, can be requested from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more Black History Month features and articles, visit this Military.com section.