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USDA Employees Celebrate Black History Month and National Women's History Month

Lawrence County

Employees enjoying lunch and a history lesson

Lawrence County USDA Service Center employees enjoyed fried fish, fellowship, and a info on Black History and Women's History Month at the luncheon.


On March 10, 2010, the Lawrence County USDA Service Center held a fish fry luncheon for NRCS, ACES, FSA, and FSA committee members to celebrate Black History Month and National Women’s History Month.

Kathy Gotcher, DC with NRCS read a poem titled “Life without Black People” (author unknown) in honor of Black History Month. The poem provided facts about African-American's that have invented items that we use every day.

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

Alabama NRCS State Office

Dr. Veal speaks to Alabama NRCS State Office employees.
Dr. Veal speaks to Alabama NRCS state office staff about the economy and transparency in government as part of the NRCS state office’s celebration of Black History Month.

On March 10, 2010, Dr. Don-Terry Veal was the guest speaker for the Black History Month commemoration at the USDA-NRCS office in Auburn. Veal, Auburn University Director of the Center for Governmental Services, spoke about the economy and the importance of transparency in government.  Veal touched on the obstacles, struggles, progress and successes of African-Americans in government.

During his presentation, Veal mentioned that the Center for Governmental Services provides training to state and local governments on a variety of topic areas.

“We appreciate Dr. Veal’s program not only for its insight into African-American history but also for his retrospective on 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.