HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. — More than 200 employees
and guests attended Stennis Space Center’s annual Black
History Program Thursday in the StenniSphere auditorium. This
year’s theme was “A White Man’s Journey Into Black
The Slidell High School Navy Junior ROTC presented the parade of
colors at the program’s opening. Stennis Space Center
Director Roy Estess delivered the welcome address, and Capt. Larry
chief of staff for the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography
Command at Stennis, introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Joel A.
Freeman, author of the book “Return
to Glory: The Powerful Stirring of the Black Man,”
said that ancient Egyptian history shows “an incredible
picture of what black people accomplished.” From building the
great pyramids in Egypt to pioneering the fields of medicine,
philosophy, architecture and more, the black race was central
to the development of civilization, Freeman said. The key to
moving forward in race relations, Freeman said, is to be comfortable
in our own skin. We must all be proud of our history and how
we’re designed — what we have to offer.” In addition to being
a world-renowned author, Dr. Freeman is an international presenter
and a mentor for many players in the National Basketball
Association, National Hockey League and National Football League.
The Saint Rose de Lima Catholic Church choir of Bay St. Louis
performed musical selections including “Oh Happy Day,”
“On Time God,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” and “Go Down
Moses.” Remarks from Commander Peter Furze of the Naval
Oceanographic Office concluded the program.
Stennis Space Center sponsors a Black History
Program annually during Black History Month.