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MCLB hosts Black History program

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  A logistics expert in the Navy says she knows she wouldn't be in her position without the work of her ancestors and many others.

Now she wants children to be better educated about the sacrifices that were made for their benefit.

A black history program was held at the Albany Marine Base Wednesday by the Albany area chapter of Blacks in Government.

Students from International Studies Elementary portrayed historical blacks of significance, including Albany's own Alice Coachman, the first black woman to win a gold medal in the Olympics.

Speaker Sharon Smoot, Executive Director for Logistics, maintenance and Industrial Operations for Naval Sea Systems Command, says she wants all children to learn about those significant figures and the work they did to open doors for others.

"Do they really understand the sacrifices that were made by our ancestors? Do they really understand when we say we stand on the shoulders of Giants? Do they get it?" said Smoot.

The Marine Corps Logistics Base band also performed for the crowd during today's event.

 

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