|By James Wright, WI Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 22 September 2011|
Blacks in the military and the voting rights of District citizens appeared to generate the most interest among a series of workshops held Sept. 22 during the Congressional Black Caucus’s Annual Legislative Conference at the Washington Convention Center.
Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) led African Americans in the Military: The Past, Present and the Future, which attracted nearly 100 people who heard about the need for more blacks to pursue careers in the Armed Forces.
“There is a great history and legacy of African Americans in uniform,” West, 50, said. “We need our young people to understand that it’s a privilege to wear the uniform.”
Statehood for the District of Columbia was among workshop topics presented Sept. 22 during the CBC’s Annual Legislative Conference at the Washington Convention Center./Courtesy PhotoWest’s panelists included Lt. General Thomas Bostick and Brig. Gen. Marcia Marian Anderson who talked about life for blacks already enlisted in the military and opportunities that exist for those considering a military career.
Terri Dickerson of Arlington, Va., said she found West’s workshop to be both informative and inspiring.
“I am a civilian working in the military and this was a topic that interested me professionally,” she said. “Blacks have a lot of misconceptions about military service and I was gratified to see that this session was offered.”
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