Fort Buchanan, PR - With an outstanding performance of the Antilles High School Choir directed by Mr. Rafael Sosa, the 1st Mission Support Command, US Army Reserve in Puerto Rico, starts the African-American History Month Ceremony at Fort Buchanan Community Club on 27 Feb.
Lieutenant Col. Charmaine E. Betty – Singleton, Staff Judge Advocate for the US Garrison, Fort Buchanan Installation Legal Office was the guest speaker for the event. LTC Betty-Singleton is a native of Kingston, Jamaica. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history, a Master’s degree in management and leadership and Jurist Doctorate.
In line with this year’s theme: “Civil Right in America”, LTC Betty-Singleton’s professional background and performance in the area of military law and justice clearly surpass the necessary credentials to recount the legacy of African American in the defense and strength of freedom we enjoy today as Americans.
Among the guests were Major General (Retired) Felix A. Santoni, Civilian Aid for the Secretary of the Army, Lic. Luis O. Berrios, US Army Reserve Ambassador, Brigadier General Jose R. Burgos, Commanding General 1st Mission Support Command, Colonel Caryn S. Heard, Commander for the US Garrison at Fort Buchanan, Command Sergeant Major Derrick Simpson, US Garrison Command Sergeant Major and Mr. Agustin Montanez, Veterans Affairs Representative for Puerto Rico.
This ceremony takes place every year on the month of February, and is set aside to celebrate African-American History Month, a celebration that existed since 1926. To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on Feb. 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was set aside for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month. Each year, U.S. presidents proclaim February as National African-American History Month.