VA event features Reeves for Black History Month event

DANVILLE — The Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System is celebrating Black History Month with a program, featuring J. David Reeves, the national president of Blacks In Government.

Also, the VA Choir will sing and Latajah Graham, a senior at Danville High School who recently won the Vermilion County Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest, will recite her composition. The program begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Social Activities Room in Building 104 on the VA campus, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.

Reeves is an Ohio native with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and Masters in Public Administration from Bowling Green State University. He has also studied at University of Maryland and Harvard University. He serves as the senior adviser for departmental operations and coordination under the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Reeves also serves as the national president of the National Coalition for Equity in Public Service, the umbrella organization which collectively represents African-Americans, women, Hispanics, Native Americans and Asian Pacific Americans in government. He also serves on the board of directors for the Eastern Board of Officials Inc., the oldest African-American sports officiating board in America, whose membership ranges from high school sporting officials to the National Football League.

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