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Celebrating Black History Month

Date: February 4, 2017
Type: AFA Article

We have heard from several Members who were concerned about the text of the February 3rd E-lines article on Black History Month.  We apologize for anything other than a respectfully received presentation.  We have revised the article based on those concerns.     

We fly to every corner of the earth and represent thousands of Flight Attendants based outside the United States.  During your travels this month, know that Black History is something we celebrate with people around the world. The text of the revised article follows:

Black History month is celebrated each year during the month of February.  During this month, the United States along with Canada and the United Kingdom, remember the important people and events in the history of the African people. 

During this annual celebration of the achievements by black Americans, we remember and honor the first African American Flight Attendant, Leopoldine Doualla-Bell Smith who took to the skies at the age of 17 on February 11, 1958 working for Mohawk Airlines.   Today, at age 76, Doualla-Bell Smith is retired in Denver, Colorado and was recently honored for her years of service at the Flight Path Museum at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  Read more about this amazing woman, courtesy of NBC news.

Take time each day to celebrate the accomplishments of leaders, activists, professionals, patriots and community leaders who give meaning to Black History Month.

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