NEWS AND EVENTS
February 16, 2005
US EMBASSY COMMEMORATES AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH IN UZBEKISTAN
Alumni of US Government-funded education and exchange programs marked the celebration of African American History Month on 15 February at Hotel Grand-Orzu in Tashkent.
US Ambassador John Purnell hosted the event focused on the contributions of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play professional baseball in the US major leagues. After watching a documentary about Jackie Robinson\'s life, Ambassador Purnell and Embassy Political Counselor Sylvia Curran, an African American, discussed the importance of Jackie Robinson\'s breaking of the \"color barrier\" into the US professional sports.
Throughout the rest of February, the Embassy is planning to host a series of movies that highlight different aspects of the African American experience in the United States.
The US celebrates African American History Month each February in order to recognize the vital contributions that African American has made in the US and throughout the world.