A series of lectures, dinners, and social events open to the public will be held in February to celebrate Black History Month at Hill AFB.
Military and civilian volunteers from the base are also portraying various famous black characters from history in presentations during the month to schoolchildren in Weber, Davis, and Salt Lake counties.The theme of this year's Black History Month at the base is "Honoring the Past to Ensure the Future," said events coordinator Airman 1st Class Raymond Christy.
The month's events begin with a 9 p.m. dance Saturday, Feb. 4, in the base golf club, featuring a salute to Motown Records. The music will include several anthologies from the past mixed with current hits, played by disc jockey Serious "C."
On Feb. 11, the Taster's Choice Soul Food Festival features Afro-American cuisine served at the base restaurant. Food will be served 2-4 p.m. Admission is $2 per adult, $1 per child, or $5 per family, with the proceeds helping support the Black History Month '89 project.
Rev. Leander Coates, pastor of Embry Chapel AME Church, Ogden, will speak on "The Influence of the African Church" at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the base chapel. Also featured will be the Community Mass Chorale presenting "God's Trombones," a musical arrangement directed by David Eskridge.
The Black Heritage luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 in the NCO Club ballroom. Brig. Gen. John F. Phillips, commander of the logistics management systems center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, will speak on "Afro-Americans in the 21st century - A Legacy of Service."
A fashion show and disco are scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Officer's Club, featuring spring and summer fashions furnished by area department and speciality stores, along with music and dancing.
The month's events conclude with a dinner theater presentation of the two-act comedy "Stoops" at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Officer's Club. "Stoops," written by Crystal Rhodes and directed by Capt. Johnny Ledbetter, follows the lives of four young blacks coming of age over 25 years, influenced by Motown and the civil rights movement.
Although the Black History Month events are open to the public, Hill is a closed base and those wanting to attend them are asked to contact Christy, 777-6934, or Senior Airman Dave Coward, 777-2456, to arrange entry onto the base.