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DNR Hosts Black History Month Program On February 8

Annapolis, Md. (January 31, 2012) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office of Fair Practices will host a Black History Month program at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8. All are welcome to attend this free event, taking place in room C-1 of the Tawes State Office Building, located at 580 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis.

The keynote speaker will be William E. Broadwater, a founding member, local chapter and national past President of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. After his Tuskegee Airmen service in World War II, Broadwater became a Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Controller for 29 years. After retirement, Broadwater started a consulting firm specializing in technical air traffic control and aviation matters. He studied Business Law and Economics at Temple University and LaSalle University in Philadelphia. For more information on the Tuskegee Airmen, visit tuskegeeairmen.org.The George Lucas film of the great Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails, is currently in theaters around the country.

“Negro History Week,” which later became “Black History Month,” was initiated in 1917 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Chairperson of the Howard University Dept. of History and the first Executive Director of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, Inc. www.asalh.org. Dr. Woodson sought to ensure that the achievements and contributions of African-Americans became known and chronicled within U.S. History books and educational programs.

At the event, a Governor’s Black History Month Proclamation will be read and a light lunch will be served. Additionally the Dr. Carter G. Woodson Leadership Icon award and the Office of Fair Practices Outstanding Support award will be presented to deserving DNR employees.

For more information, contact Richard W. Allen of the Office of Fair Practices at 410-260-8058.


   January 31, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov