recognizes Black History Month
“The sky is not the limit.”
That’s Hartsfield-Jackson’s message to students as the Airport recognizes Black History Month in February.
Through the Airport’s Partners in Education community outreach program, Hartsfield-Jackson is hosting several luncheons for students who attend Airport-area middle and high schools. The luncheons, held between February 16 and February 26, give students behind-the-scenes looks at Airport operations and enhance their knowledge of African-American contributions in aviation.
Students from M.D. Roberts Middle School and North Clayton, Tri-Cities, Creekside and South Atlanta high schools will hear insights from Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta and other prominent aviation professionals.
The Airport also is sponsoring an essay contest for the students; this year’s topic is how the election of President Barack Obama will affect the African-American community.
“We want to educate students about the wealth
of diversity in the aviation industry and expose them to careers in
the industry,” said Tracy Gilbert, Department of Aviation special
programs manager. “We also want them to see the mentoring opportunities
with prominent African-American aviation professionals.”
In addition to the Partners in Education luncheons and essay contest, the Airport is celebrating the art and music of African-Americans.
The Airport Art Program plans to hold a music series
showcasing African-American performers in February. The performances
will be held in the Atrium from 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday. The lineup:
Radcliffe Bailey, “Saints” (above escalators)
Charlotte Renee Riley, “Africa Textile Wall I-V”
Curtis Patterson, “Ancestral Notions” (South
parking deck façade)
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