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Black History Month Celebrated Across The State

NRCS State Office History Month Celebration

Dr. Don-Terry Veal spoke at the Black History Month program at the NRCS state office in Auburn. Veal, AU Director of the Center for Governmental Services, spoke about the economy and the importance of transparency in government.  He touched on the obstacles, struggles, progress, and successes of African-Americans.

“Dr. Veal’s program gave insight into African-American history, the American economy, and the importance of transparency in government,” said Charles Love, State Soil Scientist/MO15 Team Leader.  Love also thanked Black Emphasis Program Manager Herbert Ross for organizing the program and the luncheon that followed.

Veal receives certificate from Love and Ross.

Charles Love (l) and Herbert Ross (r) present Veal with a Certificate of Appreciation for his presentation.

Lawrence County Celebrates Black History Month and Women’s History

In March 2010, the Lawrence Co. USDA Service Center had a fish fry luncheon for NRCS, ACES, FSA, and FSA committee members to celebrate Black History Month and National Women’s History Month. 

Rita Hayes with FSA presented the program for National Women’s History Month. Rita read President Barack Obama’s proclamation declaring March as National Women’s History Month. The theme is “Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet.”  She also gave some facts about women.


NRCS DC Gotcher reads poem at Black History Month celebration.

Kathy Gotcher (l), Lawrence Co. NRCS DC, read a poem entitled “Life without Black People” (author unknown) in honor of Black History Month. The poem provided facts about items used in our daily life that were invented by African-Americans

Marshall County Service Center Participates In Black History Month

On February 25, 2010, the FSA and NRCS employees gathered for a luncheon in honor of Black History Month. The main feature for the luncheon was a 45 minute film, entitled “A Civil Rights Journey” - A history of Huntsville’s civil rights movement as seen through the eyes of Sonnie Hereford, III, M.D.  This film is a civil rights documentary that all employees in the Marshall County Service Center can connect to.  The names and landmarks seen and mentioned in this film are all very familiar to us because Huntsville is just our next-door neighbor.  By seeing the civil rights events unroll in this film with the seating of Huntsville Alabama makes it just a little more meaningful.  

The film was projected on a large screen, for all to see while enjoying a meal that celebrates the history and culture of Black history.