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09 Mar 2021
Written By
Military REACH Project Manager
In honor of Black History Month annually in February and the progress we hope to see all year long, Dr. Mallory Lucier-Greer and Dr. David Albright focused their most recent Mission: AL on celebrating African Americans' achievements in the military throughout history and discussing the significant changes in policy and practice that have occurred over time, such as the Executive Order 9981 in the 1940s that permanently desegregated the military. This order was a huge step forward towards developing inclusion among military and Veteran networks, but there are still steps that need to be taken to remove the remnants of segregation and racism, even though their impacts may not be quite as visible as they once were.
Check out the full story, Mission Alabama: Looking backward to keep marching forward, to learn about African American war heroes throughout history, the phenomenon of “othering” (i.e., where in- and out-groups are established, sometimes along racial lines), and what we can do to make further strides in developing the military and Veteran networks as places of inclusion.
Check out AL.com each month to read their new monthly column.
To read previous Mission: Alabama stories, check out the Military REACH website or AL.com.

Dr. Mallory Lucier-Greer, associate professor at Auburn University, and Dr. David L. Albright, professor at the University of Alabama, partnered with AL.com to write a monthly column, Mission: Alabama. The monthly column has four primary goals, including…

  1. bringing awareness to the well-being of Service members, Veterans (SM/Vs), and their families globally and in Alabama,
  2. dispelling myths that surround military service,
  3. highlighting resources that are available across our state to serve SM/Vs and their families, and
  4. advocating for the needs of SM/Vs and their families.

Dr. Mallory Lucier-Greer is the Project Director for Military REACH at Auburn University and an associate professor for Human Development and Family Science in Auburn’s College of Human Sciences.

Dr. David L. Albright is the Director for the Office for Military Families and Veterans and Vital Principal Investigator at the University of Alabama.

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