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Cultures unite: share food, music, fun

By Article and photos by Art Powell and additional photos by Jason M. Webb | | April 23, 2009


Base personnel visited Boyett Park April 16 to sample food from various cultures as part of Unity/Multicultural Day. This year’s theme was ‘Building Unity, One Culture at a Time.’

The Albany Marine Band kicked off the festivities at 11 a.m. and their performance was followed by remarks concerning the significance of the day by Michael T. Madden, executive deputy, Marine Corps Logistics Command; Col. C.N. Haliday, commanding officer, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., and Col. Daniel J. Gillan, commander, Maintenance Center Albany.

Following the opening remarks until approximately 2 p.m., various groups entertained military and civilian visitors from across the base.

These included an African-American Heritage program singer, and program presentations which focused on Disability Awareness, Women’s History, Native American, Hispanic and Pacific Island heritage.

Numerous displays representing a diverse selection of ethnic tastes were available for sampling by base personnel.  Many repeat attendees have attended the gathering for years to enjoy the fun.

 “This year, I visited all the tents and sampled the food and it was delicious. My favorites were the collard greens and corn bread,” said Von Kinson, budget analyst, Comptrollers Office, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga. “I’ve been going to the Unity/Multicultural Day for the past four years.”

Collard greens were also voted the best food of the day by Chandra Cooper, financial technician, Comptrollers Office.

“I really enjoyed getting together, the camaraderie, seeing everybody with ethnic backgrounds. My favorite food was the collard greens, I grew up on collard greens, so I’m a collard green connoisseur. The pound cake was good, too.”

While many had been to this and similar events before, others in attendance  hadn’t. For the first-timers, it was a great event as well.

“This is my first year. I’ve been on station about 14 months and so this is the first opportunity I’ve had to go,” said Master Sgt. Johnny L. Jones, senior advisor, Logistics Support Division, MCLB Albany. “I think it was extraordinary to see all the Marines, the civilians and the different ethnic groups get together. I think it was incredible.”

Jones reported he didn’t have the opportunity to sample any of the food because ‘the lines were too long.’

Unity/Multicultural Day occurs at MCLB Albany in April, a month also identified by other efforts such as environmental, sexual abuse awareness and child abuse awareness programs.

It was sponsored and organized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Civilian Human Resources Office-Southeast, MCLB Albany.

Ethnic food samplings were available from numerous sources allowing patrons the opportunity to taste the food of various cultures.

Hispanic food and samplings from Native American, African-American and Asian/Pacific Islander cultures were available.

Exhibits included the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, Special Olympics, the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative and others.

Career information exhibits were in place from CHRO-SE, LOGCOM Work Force Development, Marine Corps Family Services, the Base Education office and Toastmasters.

Following the event, CHRO-SE estimated that approximately 1,100 people visited Unity/Multicultural Day 2009, which represented an increase of approximately 200 people from the 2008 event.