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Chicago actress performs for Army Reserve unit’s observance
Army Reserve Lt. Col. Vickie Argueta, left, Equal Opportunity Advisor, 85th Support Command, and Chicago Actress Cynthia Maddox pause for a photo following Maddox’s portrayal of five influential African-American women at the 85th SPT CMD’s Black History and Women’s History Month combined observance, March 5, 2016. Maddox portrayed America’s first black poet, Phillis Wheatley, and retold the story of the Boston Massacre from the perspective of the wife of Crispus Attucks who was shot and killed by British soldiers. In addition, she played women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth, best known for her speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” She portrayed Underground Railroad conductor and Union spy Harriet Tubman, and Gwendolyn Brooks, who was appointed Poet Laureate of Illinois in 1968 and served in that position until her death in 2000. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. David Lietz/Released)