Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will host its first Living Legacy Series on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom 108.2. The event, part of their Black History Month programming, features tworetired Montfort Point Marines including James Pack, a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal.
Pack, a Villa Rica resident and member of the Montford Point Marine Association, will share his personal experience of being one of the first African Americans admitted to the Marine Corps. Fred Codes, president of the MPMA Atlanta Chapter-5, will provide an overview of the Montford Point Marines.
Since the American Revolution, Congress has commissioned the Congressional Gold Medal as the highest expression of national gratitude for distinguished achievements and contributions. The Congressional Gold Medal was approved for the Montford Point Marines on Nov. 11, 2011.
According to the MPMA website, the Montford Point Marine Association is a nonprofit Veteran organization established to perpetuate the legacy of the first African Americans who entered the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1949 at Montford Point Camp, New River, N.C.
This event is free and open to the public. Extra credit will be available for students.
Photo: Congressional Gold Medal Recipient James Pack