Black History Month celebration

Press Release

FORT BENNING - The Muscogee County School District's operations and facilities division chief, assistant superintendent for business affairs, will be the guest speaker at a Fort Benning luncheon celebrating African American/Black History Month February 11 at the Benning Conference Center.

Retired Army colonel Myles B. Caggins will address the theme "The History of Black Empowerment."

Caggins served on the Fort Benning Futures Committee that assessed the impact of base realignment and closure's affect on the Chattahoochee Valley.  He is the architect of the Chattahoochee Valley Schools project initiative which was expanded and is now known as the Seven Rivers National Coalition.  The coalition's purpose is to secure federal funding to build classrooms to accommodate student growth from 13 military installations in 12 states.

Prior to accepting his current position with the Muscogee County School District he was employed by the Columbus Water Works. Caggins is a resident of Midland, Ga. Musical selections will be provided by the Kendrick High School Choir and Clarissa Jackson will present a poetry recitation.  The Columbus chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity will perform a step dance.

African American/Black History Month began as Negro History Week in 1926, the idea of African-American author and scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  In February, 1976, the event was established as Black History Month. The luncheon is sponsored by the Maneuver Center of Excellence Equal Opportunity Office.  For ticket information call (706) 545-3196.

Source: Fort Benning Office of Public Affairs