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History Of Military Women Of Color Throughout The Years

Lake County Tri-City NAACP Presents an Evening Celebrating Women of Color in the Military


LAKE COUNTY - Women’s History Month is an opportunity for us to celebrate the extraordinary achievements and contributions that Women of Color have made and continue to make in defense of our great nation. Lake County Tri-City NAACP Branch invites all communities to join us in a Zoom Presentation celebrating the history of Women of Color in the Military Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 5-6 pm.

In honor of the motto and the theme of the National Association of Black Military Women the evening will be an opportunity to listen to the presenters "Tell Herstory … Unsung, Undaunted, Yet Undeterred. "Black Military Women have paved their own way. They worked to build a brighter future for themselves and while doing so made space for their daughters, other women of color and all Americans.

From the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, nicknamed the "Six Triple Eight"; the all-Black battalion of the Women's Army Corps to Ensign Matice Wright, the Navy’s first Black female Naval Flight Officer; to Margaret E. Bailey, the US Army’s fist Black Colonel; to Second Lieutenant Carmen Lozano Dumler, one of the first Puerto Rican women to become a United States Army officer. To Hazel W. Johnson, the first Black woman to become a general officer to Colonel Adele E. Hodges, who became the first Black female Commander when she took over Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and the 47,000 sailors and marines assigned there.

Tri-City NAACP’s Celebration will showcase nationally recognized guest presenters to include: Lt Col Patricia Jackson-Kelley (US Army, Retired), President, National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW); Col Stephanie Dawson (US Army, Retired), Immediate Past President, National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW); and Lisa Benitez and Mary Tobin United States Military Academy at West Point Alumni.

Also included in the evening’s presentation will be Ms. Vanessa Thomas, Florida State VA Women Veteran’s Coordinator, and a tribute to WWII and Korean Veterans.:

If you know of any Lake County Woman of Color who served in WWII or the Korean War who should be recognized and honored during the presentation, please contact Martha Taylor, President, Tri-City NAACP Branch, (917) 364-7097,

Link to register for Women of Color in the Military Through the Years Zoom Presentation: