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Black veterans honored during 2018 Avoice Heritage Celebration

Colin Powell was among those honored at the Avoice celebration

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) recently paid homage to black veterans at the 2018 Avoice Heritage Celebration. The event’s honorees, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired); Ginger Miller, Founder and CEO, Women Veterans Interactive; and Sergeant Millie Dunn Veasey, USA (Retired) were the recipients of Avoice awards for their outstanding service and dedication to advancing the rights of black veterans.

Throughout the evening, attendees heard stories of triumph as the honorees and CBC members shared their experience in the military. The highlight of the evening came when Rep. G.K. Butterfield shared a heartfelt moment with General Colin L. Powell about the lack of African Americans in his immediate platoon.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Avoice Virtual Library, an online resource that documents the history of African American participation in the U.S. Congress.

Sarah Hearn
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