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Citadel News Service
21 Jan 2010

Honoré speaks at Black History Month

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The Citadel will celebrate Black History Month with two events, the annual Black History Month Bazaar and a Greater Issues address by Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret.).

The annual Black History Month Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 6, in Buyer Auditorium on the second floor of Mark Clark Hall. The bazaar, which will feature music, exhibits and food, attracts visitors to campus from all across the Lowcountry.

Honoré, who commanded Joint Task Force Katrina in the wake of the devastation caused by the hurricane in New Orleans, will give two talks in Charleston.  He will speak at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 8, at Burke High School Auditorium.  At 11 a.m., Feb. 9, in McAlister Field House at The Citadel, he will give a speech on importance of understanding cultural diversity as a principled leader as part of the Greater Issues series.

A native of Lakeland, La., Honoré has numerous awards, which include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and a Bronze Star.

“It is an honor to have Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré serve as our Black History keynote speaker,” said Robert Pickering, director of Multicultural Student Services and International Studies. “It is an excellent opportunity for the Charleston community, a community that has certainly had its experience in dealing with natural disasters, to hear from a man whose leadership turned the tide in the Hurricane Katrina recovery and one who can speak on the recovery process in Haiti.”

The Greater Issues Series was founded in 1954 to engage cadets’ interest and knowledge in important topics of the day. Since it was established, the series has brought presidents, heads of state, scholars, diplomats, journalists and distinguished business and military leaders to Charleston and The Citadel. The Greater Issues Series is made possible by a grant from The Mills B. Lane Memorial Foundation.

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