The 597th Transportation Brigade hosted an African-American History Month observance luncheon at Fort Eustis, Feb. 26.
The program included a poetry reading, dance routine and a musical selection. The guest speaker for the event was John Sibley Butler, professor of management and sociology at the University of Texas in Austin.
Butler spoke about the importance of the military mission and its impact on diversity and equality.
"Throughout our history, I believe we have been at the forefront of Civil Rights," explained Butler, who also served in the Army. "We were desegregated long before [the trial of] Brown vs. The Board of Education. We were more concerned with meeting the high standards necessary to defend our nation, and race doesn't play a factor in those standards." more...