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Scores of volunteers will be cooking up good times as part of February’s African American Black History Month at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall.

The celebration of black heritage got under way earlier this month when about 350 people turned out Feb. 5 for the "Taste of Soul" event at the chapel annex, Air Force Master Sgt. Chivita Williams said. People cooked up dishes from around the globe and different cultures for the event.

"I was overwhelmed with the response," Williams said about the interest in Black History Month.

Williams is coordinating the African American Black History Month luncheon on Feb. 26 at the Eagle’s Landing at Lakenheath. She is new to the base, but she has been involved in organizing Black History Month events at other bases. Tickets are $10 for any military service club members, including the officer and enlisted clubs, and $12 for nonmembers.

The luncheon will feature a history lesson on the blacks’ journey from Africa to the United States as well as two poets doing a reading. A buffet of traditional Southern dishes, such as barbecued ribs, fried chicken and other foods, will be on the menu.

Other events for African American Black History Month include a five-kilometer run and health fair at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at the RAF Mildenhall main fitness center, and a "Gospel Explosion" performance also on Feb. 21, from 7-9 p.m., at the RAF Lakenheath chapel.

"Gospel Explosion" celebrates the church’s role in black culture and features several choirs from the bases and local community, Air Force Master Sgt. Charles Tubbs said.

"Our neighbors, the British folks, they are some gospel-loving folks, too," Tubbs said.


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