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Unity Day brings performances, presentations to Albany

By Pamela Jackson | | April 15, 2010

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Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany will celebrate Unity/Multicultural Day April 15 at Boyett Park.

The event is held annually to recognize the contributions of different cultures and will be filled with sizzling aromas, performances and presentations by various individuals and groups.

The theme for the event is E Pluribus Unum, which means out of many, one.

The Unity/Multicultural Day will kick off at 11 a.m. with a performance by the Albany Marine Band, presentation of the colors and remarks by the commanding officers or representatives of MCLB Albany, Marine Corps Logistics Command and Maintenance Center Albany.

All activities are scheduled to end at 2 p.m.

There will be multiple booths set up with ethnic food samplings and information about the different cultures.

Ethnic food samplings will be hoppin’ john and nyama choma from the Black Heritage group; sopapilla with honey, imperial rice and beef taquitos from the Hispanic Heritage group; indian taco, Navajo frye bread with dip from the Native American group and stir-fried mixed vegetables and curry potato and chicken from the Asian-Pacific Island group.

There will also be booths with information on diversity awareness and career information. Children from the Child Development Center will

also perform skits and dress up like their favorite characters such as Lebron James, Paula Deen and President Barack Obama, just to name a few.

There will also be a Polynesian Dance performance by the Asian/ Pacific Islander Heritage program at 1:30 p.m. and basketry and story telling by the Native American Heritage program at 12:50 p.m.

“The Department of Defense has six different groups that we recognize annually. They are Black Heritage, Disability Awareness, Women’s Heritage, Native American Heritage, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander Heritages. One month is set aside for each, but we decided to bring them all together into one event,” said Angelo Knox, equal employment opportunity specialist, Civilian Human Resource Offices-Southeast. “Every-one is invited to come out and celebrate their heritage and experience other cultures.”

“Last year, we estimated the crowd attendance to be approximately 1,100 and we hope to beat that this year,” Knox said.

For more information, call (229) 639-5250.


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