Black History Month: USO busy planning kick off event for a busy February


The African American Military History Museum will be hosting a new exhibition - Shaping America: African American Women in the Armed Forces and Beyond.

The kickoff event is set for January 30 at 10:00 a.m., at the historic USO, located in the heart of the Sixth Street Museum District.

The Kick Off highlights the strength and courage of African American Women veterans and civilians playing a significant role in the advancement and shape of American culture and values.

This year, the event will be held in honor of the late Iola Williams, former Executive Director of the African American Military History Museum, Director of Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation and the first African American member of the San Jose, CA City Council.

“This year, our focus is on African American women in the military and beyond. The kick off event will be very special because we’ll be honoring the founder of our annual Black History Month Kick Off events, the late Mrs. Iola Williams. We stand on her shoulders and look forward to paying tribute to the incredible legacy she left behind,” said LaToya Norman, Director of Museums for the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.

To commemorate the contributions and accomplishments of women in the military and beyond this Black History Month, Norman suggests the public makes plan to attend:

  • February 6, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: “The Conversation” and book signing featuring Dr. Shelia W. Varnado.
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28 (Every Friday of BHM) at 10:00 a.m.: Story Time with a Soldier - (Reservation Required)
  • February 18 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: A Student Showcase Through the Arts Community Bank serves as the sponsor for Black History Month at the African American Military History Museum. This program is free and open to the public.

For additional information, please contact the museum at 601.450.1942. or visit Facebook and