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This February marks Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act; both are being celebrated in multiple ways on Joint Base Andrews.

The theme of this year’s BHM is Civil Rights in America. The Civil Rights Act, signed and passed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, is a monumental piece of civil rights legislation and American history. The act made major forms of discrimination against racial minorities illegal. It ended racial segregation in schools, workplaces and public accommodations.

This year, JBA celebrates this historic anniversary by paying homage to some of the prominent figures of the civil rights movement.

Joint Base Andrews is supporting multiple events put on by the Smithsonian Institution. On Feb. 4th through the 6th, the Smithsonian hosted live performances of “Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention,” a Discovery Theater original interactive play honoring the creativity of African American entrepreneurs.

On Feb. 9th, 22nd and 23rd the Smithsonian will host Portrait Story Days from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Young visitors will hear stories about notable contributors to black history.

Black history month will strike a high note with The Cartwright Singers, an old-school gospel group, performing at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Chapel One. Members are encouraged to attend and experience gospel music through a spirited, live performance.

A lunch hosted by the 11th Wing will honor Rosa Parks and her contribution to equal rights, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at The Club at Andrews and will include a guest speaker. Members wishing to attend should contact their unit representatives to purchase tickets and make reservations. The buffet price for club members will be $8.95 per plate, and the price for non-club members will be $11.95 per plate.

For more information on the events listed, call 301-612-6326.