SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. --
recognition of the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Scott Air
Force Base held a MLK Jr. Luncheon on Jan. 16 at the Scott Event Center. The theme
for this year’s event was, “MLK 50 Forward: Together we win with love for
Chris Buschur, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, said the event was a tribute
to the contributions and impact that Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy has had on
I am grateful to be surrounded by so many men and women of character, including
our guest speakers,” said Buschur.
guest speakers, Col. Terrence A. Adams, Air Mobility Command director of
communications, and Chief Master Sgt. Diane K. Slazinik, 375th Communications
Group superintendent, were recently selected as Air Mobility Command’s
Diversity and Inclusion Team of the Year for 2017.
King was revolutionary in his day and his words continue to be revolutionary
today,” said Slazinik. “He knew the importance of inclusion and working
the years extensive studies have led to a more balanced and comprehensive
assessment of his life, portraying him as a complex figure: flawed as we all
are, yet a visionary leader who was deeply committed to achieving social
justice through nonviolent means.”
encouraged everyone to sit down with someone they might not know or someone who
comes from a different background and have a conversation on how to change,
come up with different solutions and move forward.
Airman Lorna Booze, the emcee for the event said that Scott AFB faced—and overcame—racial
challenges throughout its history.
spoke about the 46th Aviation Squadron and 934th Quartermaster Platoon
(segregated black units) that arrived at Scott Field and underwent basic
training in 1942.
wasn’t until July of 1948 that former president Truman issued executive order
9981, which ended segregation in the armed forces.
with a problem requiring tactful handling, Scott AFB proceeded with
implementation of the non-segregation policy in definitive progressive stages.
little known fact is that Illinois became the first state to establish Dr.
King’s birthday as an official holiday, and was sponsored by Illinois
Assemblyman Harold Washington.
addition to the luncheon, the Scott AFB Youth Center participated in a poster
design competition about what King’s legacy means. Each class was sponsored by
a base organization: the Chiefs Group, the Scott Top 3 Council, and the Scott
First Sergeants Council.
winning posters were displayed at the event center during the luncheon.