For African Americans, military service has been a blessing and curse for many. While the various branches of the military have provided unparalleled opportunities for minorities, they have also been a source of bigotry, discrimination and disappointment. But despite the challenges, many Blacks have been successful in the military and are proud veterans and active duty servicemen and women.
The Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA) is a nonprofit military veteran’s organization founded to memorialize the legacy of the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps,
The first Blacks in the U.S. Marines were trained at Camp Montford Point, in Jacksonville, North Carolina from 1942 to 1949. Last weekend, the local Montford Point Marines Association Chapter 29 hosted their second annual Mothers Day Jazz Gala at the Legion Post on the Northside.
Dozens of mothers were escorted into the Legion Hall for dinner, jazz and fellowship with mothers of all ages. Each table was adorned with ornamental décor fit for a queen. The evening’s festivities included a southern buffet, champagne toast, fundraising raffles and the smooth jazz vibrations of saxophonist Pierre Kendrick.
In addition, guests were also enlightened with a video history lesson detailing the Montford Point Marines history and legacy. The organization supports educational assistance initiatives, veterans programs, and community services, with an emphasis on improving the social conditions of the growing population of military veterans.
Membership in the nonprofit organization is open to veterans and active members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces regardless of race, creed, or national origin.
Shown are Mothers being served in the buffet line.