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Photo Recap: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Celebration

IMG_7963By John Coleman, Community Photographer

Monuments honoring and celebrating the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  his life, works and words continue to be conceived and constructed in concrete, bronze and steel; of water, wax and spray paint and     sited in hallowed places, such as among England’s most revered figures in Westminster Abbey in London (30 feet tall); hewed from America’s “Stone of Hope” on the National Mall in D.C.    (20 feet); Artfully presented as a flock of birds flying as one, “Free at Last”, at Boston University where Dr. King earned his PhD; or (9 feet) A universal figure, Dr. King here is an African Benin Chief, holding a Coptic Cross in one hand and an Indian Prayer Wheel in the other, in MLK Plaza, Chicago, IL; Or in Sweden; in Jerusalem; in Havana, Cuba; in Harlem or in San Bernardino.   Recognition and appreciation of/for Dr. King broadens and deepens, still, 50 years after his martyrdom.

Here in San Bernardino, the MLK Monument/Statue is located at 300 N D Street facing East in a small park that rises to the San Bernardino City Hall entrance. The park includes a fountain as water quietly flows over a bed of smooth river rock and the area around the statue where annual celebrations have been held since its beginning.

San Bernardino’s two-part 2018 Celebration of the life, works and words of Dr. King began hours earlier with a Community Awards Breakfast on the CSUSB campus which allowed time for travel several miles to Downtown before opening the celebration at the statue.

Navy Honors the Contributions of African Americans during Black History Month

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

The Navy joins the nation in celebrating the history of African American Sailors and civilians during African American/Black History Month, February 1st to the 28th.

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. 

ALNAV 007/18 encourages commands to participate in heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year that honor the contributions, unique histories and cultures Navy’s diverse Sailor and civilian team. 

This month’s observance has its origins in 1915 when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Dr. Woodson and the association initiated the first Negro History Week in February 1926. Every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as National African American/Black History Month since 1976.

“We should celebrate our unique backgrounds because each Sailor brings something different to the fight and this makes us a stronger, more lethal team,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of the Carl Vinson Strike Group and one of Navy’s African American flag officers. The strike group is currently deployed to the Western Pacific.

African American Sailors and civilians play an integral role in the success of the Navy as part of the One Navy Team. African Americans serve in every rank from seaman to admiral and perform duties in nearly every rating in the Navy. Currently, African Americans make up 17 percent of all Navy personnel, or roughly 64,000 Sailors. This includes more than 58,000 enlisted and 5,000 officers. Further analysis shows 17 percent of E-8 and E-9 Sailors are African Americans that hold a range of leadership positions. Nearly four percent of flag officers are African American Sailors.

A breakdown by gender indicates there are currently over 45,000 African American males and more than 18,000 African American females currently serving in the Navy. 

“Those serving today owe our success to the veterans who transformed our Navy into a more diverse force,” said Fuller.

According to the September 2016 “One Navy Team” memo from Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson, actively being inclusive and open to diverse perspectives will produce leaders and teams who learn and adapt to achieve maximum possible performance, and who achieve and maintain high standards, be ready for decisive operations and combat. 

Diversity also influences various thoughts, ideas, skill sets, and experiences which ultimately helps increase the effectiveness of the Navy. Integrating Sailors and civilians from diverse backgrounds enables the Navy to recruit and retain the nation’s top talent from a wide pool of skilled personnel. 

The Navy supports minority youth development and encourages the pursuit of careers in science and industry through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The Navy also partners with organizations including the National Naval Officers Association, the National Society of Black Engineers, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in support of African American service members and civilians. 

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 deomipa@us.af.mil.

For more information, visit www.navy.milwww.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp/


What It Do with the LUE: Deeveatva Foy a.k.a. Zada

Deeveatva Foy

Deeveatva Foy

By Lue Dowdy

Belly Dance Instructor, Deeveatva Foy a.k.a. Zada is What It Do! 

The art of belly dance is a very sensual and seductive dance style. It has a way of memorizing people, especially with the sounds of the coin belt which is typically worn by belly dancers. It helps improve muscle tone, increase flexibility and range of motion while achieving better posture and a new sense of confidence and self-expression.

My girl Deeveatva Foy is a professional belly dance instructor that has been teaching over six years. She currently teaches a class at Infuse Dance Studio located in the city of Riverside off of University Street. I’ve been participating in her class for about two years now and I absolutely love it. It helps me to stay fit while getting my sexy back. She teaches the class two different choreographed pieces once a month. Deeveatva has a unique style and a way with people. She takes her time with you and allow you to feel comfortable and go at your own pace. 

Ladies if you’re looking for something different, I recommend this class. We meet every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Help me wish Deeveatva Foy a happy birthday. For information please see flyer or contact Zada via face book. It’s okay to get yo’ shimmy on. 

Until next week L’s!