PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
In observance of National African American History Month, celebrated each year during the month of February, the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute is proud to announce the availability of original artwork available for download from the DEOMI.org Web site.
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History annually develops a national observance theme for African American History Month. The theme for 2009 is "Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas." National African American History Month honors the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans.
When President Barack Obama took the oath as the 44th President of the United States on Jan. 20, he concluded one of the most inspiring and symbolically rich journeys in American history - the end of which presents daunting challenges and unique opportunities.
In a moment of symbolism that ushered in a powerful and dramatic conclusion to what will undoubtedly be one of the most significant moments in American history, Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20 - the very day after America celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, that Dr. King gave one of the greatest speeches in American history, his "I Have a Dream" speech.
In that speech, Dr. King said he dreamed of a day in which his children would "one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." On the opposite end of the Washington Mall on the steps of our nation's capitol, 45 years after Dr. King's speech, and as a result of more than 66 million Americans of all races who pulled the lever for him on Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Obama became the embodiment of that dream.
"In researching this year's theme 'Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas,' it was clear to me that the best way to support this theme was to create a portrait of President-Elect Obama, who will be our first African American President, the highest office to hold in the United States. For many Americans of all races, President Obama stands as a symbol of hope for a better future," said DEOMI illustrator Peter Hemmer, describing this year's National African American History Month observance poster.
While all DEOMI published themes are representative of the Department of Defense, this does not preclude an organization from creating their own theme or using previously published themes.
Regardless of what theme your organization selects, the following link can provide critical information to support a successful program: www.asalh.org
All DEOMI observance month poster files are in the public domain unless otherwise indicated. We request you credit the illustrator or simply, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.