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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Service members celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

By Cpl. Christopher Duncan | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | February 27, 2013

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Sailors from the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton performed a West African dance during the 2013 Black History Month program held at the naval hospital here Feb. 26.

Sailors from the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton performed a West African dance during the 2013 Black History Month program held at the naval hospital here Feb. 26. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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Lt. Col. David Everly, left, presented Willie Buchanon, right, with a plaque on behalf of the National Naval Officers Association's Camp Pendleton-Miramar Chapter and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton for his participation as a guest speaker during the 2013 Black History Month program held at the naval hospital here, Feb. 26.
Everly is the president of the NNOA chapter here and Buchanon is a retired NFL cornerback who played for the San Diego Chargers and grew up in Oceanside.

Lt. Col. David Everly, left, presented Willie Buchanon, right, with a plaque on behalf of the National Naval Officers Association's Camp Pendleton-Miramar Chapter and Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton for his participation as a guest speaker during the 2013 Black History Month program held at the naval hospital here, Feb. 26. Everly is the president of the NNOA chapter here and Buchanon is a retired NFL cornerback who played for the San Diego Chargers and grew up in Oceanside. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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Honored guests were given a presentation of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of that is also referred to as "The Great March on Washington" during the 2013 Black History Month program held at the naval hospital here Feb. 26.

Honored guests were given a presentation of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of that is also referred to as "The Great March on Washington" during the 2013 Black History Month program held at the naval hospital here Feb. 26. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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Ollis Mozon, a retired Navy captain, performed a marching story that depicted a man and woman's meeting during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of 1963 during the 2013 Black History Month program held at the naval hospital here Feb. 26.

Ollis Mozon, a retired Navy captain, performed a marching story that depicted a man and woman's meeting during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of 1963 during the 2013 Black History Month program held at the naval hospital here Feb. 26. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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Walter Washington, left, shares his experiences with being a Monfort Point Marines with Sgt. Maj. Derrick Christovale, right, during the 2013 Black History Month program 
hosted by the National Naval Officers Association’s Camp Penldeton-Miramar Chapter in partnership with Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, here Feb. 26. Christovale is the sergeant major for Camp Pendleton and regional authority for five Marine Corps Installations in the southwestern United States.

Walter Washington, left, shares his experiences with being a Monfort Point Marines with Sgt. Maj. Derrick Christovale, right, during the 2013 Black History Month program hosted by the National Naval Officers Association’s Camp Penldeton-Miramar Chapter in partnership with Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, here Feb. 26. Christovale is the sergeant major for Camp Pendleton and regional authority for five Marine Corps Installations in the southwestern United States. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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Willie Buchanon was a guest speaker during the 2013 Black History Month program held by the National Naval Officers Association Camp Pendleton-Miramar Chapter, in partnership with the Naval Hospital here Feb. 26.
Buchanon is a retired San Diego Charger and who shared his experience growing up as a  pastor's son in Oceanside with friends who became Montford Point Marines.

Willie Buchanon was a guest speaker during the 2013 Black History Month program held by the National Naval Officers Association Camp Pendleton-Miramar Chapter, in partnership with the Naval Hospital here Feb. 26. Buchanon is a retired San Diego Charger and who shared his experience growing up as a pastor's son in Oceanside with friends who became Montford Point Marines. (Photo by Cpl. Christopher Duncan)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- The National Naval Officers Association’s Camp Pendleton-Miramar Chapter in partnership with the naval hospital here hosted a 2013 Black History Month program, Feb. 26.

This year’s program was titled “At the Crossroads of Freedom & Equality; 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington” and NNOA members gathered in the auditorium on the ground floor of the hospital to celebrate Black History month.

“Each year the Camp Pendleton-Miramar NNOA chapter holds a Black History Month event to remember the people who sacrificed so that we have our freedoms,” said Capt. NaTasha Everly, the public affairs officer for the chapter. “This year we were pleased to be able to partner with the naval hospital to host this event.”

Guest speaker, Willie Buchanon, a retired NFL cornerback who played for the San Diego Chargers, shared his experiences with growing up just outside of the base, in an era where cultural diversity was not easily accepted.

“Growing up here, I knew a few Montford Point Marines and they would tell me about some of the plights of segregation in the military,” said Buchanon. “I commended them for the strength they showed in still being willing to serve their country despite having things like that as an obstacle.”

Buchanon comes from a family with a legacy that has impacted the Camp Pendleton and Oceanside communities.  The Mance Buchanon Park on College Boulevard is named after his father, and his mother Ethel Mae, who was also in attendance, was the first black student to graduate from Oceanside High School.

“The blend of Navy, Marine Corps and civilian personnel in attendance shows the Marine Corps tie to the community here in Oceanside,” said Lt. Col. David Everly, the president of the NNOA here.

Events like this are opportunities to reach service members who may not have an extensive knowledge of military history.

“Diversity isn’t just about race; it’s about creed, religion, age and cultural differences as well,” said David. “I think everyone walks away enlightened and uplifted after attending these events.”


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