First Black West Point Commander Dies In Iraq
Sept. 27, 2006 - The nation is mourning the death of Lt Emily Perez, 23, the first Black woman to serve as corps commander sergeant major at West Point. Perez, who graduated in the top 10 percent of her class, out-ran many men, directed a gospel choir, read the Bible every day. She also headed a weekly convoy as it rolled down treacherous roads, pocked with bombs and bullets near Najaf, Iraq. As platoon leader, she insisted on leading her troops from the front. She died Sept. 12 when a bomb detonated near her Humvee in Kifl, south of Baghdad. Shortly before shipping out to Iraq with the 204th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, she flew cross-country to be a bone marrow donor for a stranger who was a match. She was the 64th woman from the U.S. military to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Maybe they just needed to name the performing arts center after him and he would have been satisfied. Boule folks love to have things named after them. Pride goeth before a fall.
One of the area’s newest concert halls, the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center is located on the beautiful campus of Norfolk State University. The Center, which seats 1,800 people, has curvilinear and elegant designs.
|In addition to the concert hall, the Wilder Center has a full theatrical stage, excellent acoustics, houses an atrium, three large conference rooms and assigned offices that will more than meet your expectations. A grand staircase and an exquisite spiral chandelier also serve as the focal point of this magnificent and luxurious venue.||
The Wilder Center has hosted a broad spectrum of events, which include premier classical and jazz performances, conferences, historic lectures and notable educational forums. Highly acclaimed national and international artists such as the Russian Ballet, the President of the United States’ Marine Band, Russell Simmons’ Black Authors on Tour, The Virginia Symphony, and the American Theatre Arts for Youth, Inc. have been showcased at the Wilder Center.
The L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center’s mission is to educate, enlighten and entertain through the presentation of artistic events of excellence and diversity in the performing arts and thereby ensure the viability of art in all its forms.
Norfolk State University’s L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center, which is a first-class facility is aesthetically pleasing and functional, whereby creating versatility and elegance for a myriad of activities and multi-cultural events.