Garrison observes Black History Month

Story and photos by John Reese
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

Members of the Stuttgart military community observed Black History Month in the Panzer Chapel, Feb. 19.

Guest speaker Ch. (Lt. Col.) Grace Hollis, USAG Stuttgart Deputy Garrison Chaplain, delivered a powerful and moving speech that had all in attendance on their feet to give her a standing ovation. Hollis detailed the tumultuous history of African-Americans and their journey from slavery to the present.

“It’s not easy to talk about Black History Month in a diverse group of people, because I find it very paradoxical that February, a month that is known for showing up to family and friends for Valentine’s Day, is also the month that is set aside to remember the history of a people who have experienced the very opposite of love,” Hollis said.

The observance was followed with a food tasting and cake in the chapel annex.