Program Honoring African Americans for Military Service on Monday, February 28, 2011, at the U of M, Crookston; Program begins at 6 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium

The Black Student Association (BSA) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is holding a special tribute to recognize the meritorious service of African Americans in the military. The program, slated for Monday, February 28, 2011, will be held at 6 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The program, entitled HONOR, will feature a presentation by Master Sargeant Tamika Morales-Long from the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The program is free and everyone is welcome.

HONOR will recognize the efforts of African Americans who have played a role in our nation's past and present military conflicts. The program also will touch on "Civil War and the Struggle for Black Self-Determination," the 2011 national theme for Black History Month, held annually in February.

Students will pay tribute to a number of individuals they feel exemplify honor. Included in that list are: 54 Massachusetts Regiment; Tuskegee Airmen; 555th, better known as the "Triple Nickel"; along with veterans Comedian Bill Cosby; NBA star David Robinson, who played basketball for the San Antonio Spurs; Actor James Earl Jones, the voice of Star Wars, and others.

For more information about BSA or HONOR, contact Jamal Jihad, vice president of BSA, at

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Contact: Jamal Jihad, vice president, Black Student Association, 478-213-6492, ; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (