The Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA) is a military veteran's organization, founded to memorialize the legacy of the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The first African American Marines were trained at Camp Montford Point, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, from 1942 to 1949.
I am a symbol inanimate the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.  Words too are symbols, inanimate but capable of conveying thoughts and ideas.  For those who wear me and to those who see you wearing me, I represent and express a tradition, an ideal and a noble legacy of combat valor and esprit unequaled by any other fighting force in the world.  I exemplify those qualities rarely voiced today – Patriotism, Courage and Devotion to duty.  It matters not what brought you to my banner.  It matters only that you wear me as your emblem and put forth the best within you- Semper Fidelis is a two word summary of a way of life.    It is then that I am no longer inanimate, no longer a symbol, I am, through you, the physical embodiment of Patriotism, Courage and Devotion to Duty.  In body, fact and spirit – I am a Marine.
 

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If you would like to request a Guest Speaker from the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc.,  to speak at your special event, please submit the request form at requestspeaker@montfordpointmarines.org.  All requests must be submitted no less than 30 days in advance of the scheduled event for which the speaker is being requested. The Montford Point Marines Association directive requires that selected speakers participation in public events will be provided at no cost to the Speaker or the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc.

The sponsor is required to pay, when necessary, the standard allowance for travel, lodging and meals for all participants and for other services which have been determined in advance by the Montford Point Marines Association, Inc., and agreed to by the sponsor. Aside from the financial agreement, the speaker will not accept personal honorarium, however the sponsor are encouraged to donate to the MPMA National Monument, at www.mpmamemorial.org

Transportation, lodging and meal costs are not usually incurred when support is provided within 75 miles of the local geographical location of the event. However, circumstances may dictate that reimbursement for any or all of these costs may be necessary and negotiable.

All costs are binding after a speaker or exhibit has arrived at an event site, even though weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances force the event to be cancelled.

The Montford Point Marine Association is a nonprofit  Veterans Organization. The speaker will be selective on the theme or topic of discussion.  Participation in public programs on behalf of Montford Point will only be authorized when such support is in the best interests of the Association and does not interfere with the purpose or mission of  perpetuating  the legacy of the first African Americans who entered the United States Marine Corps from the period of 1942 to 1949 at Montford Point Camp, New River, North Carolina.  The selected speaker will not endorse political parties or speak at political rallies, events or on religious issues.

 

To learn more about the speakers, please click on the their photos to read their Biography

Dr. James T. Averhart, Jr., was born on March 14, 1968 and is a native of Mobile, Alabama. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps delayed entry program in January 1987 and was shipped to recruit training in August 1987 at Parris Island, SC. CWO4 Averhart has held numerous billets throughout his 25 years of active service, including a tour on Drill Instructor Duty at Parris Island, SC from 1997-1999 were he was selected for promotion to Warrant Officer. CWO4 Averhart still serves on active duty. He was promoted to his current rank on June 1, 2007.MGYSGT James Carr was born on 1 Nov 1953 in New York City. He joined the Marine Corps in September of 1974, from RS, Bronx NY. Attended Recruit Training at MCRD, Paris Island, South Carolina. Upon graduation from recruit training, assigned HQ & Service Co 3rd Bn 6th Marines Camp Lejeune NC. Transferred Camp Johnson (formerly the site of Montford Point), Basic Radio and Communications School; reassigned back to H&S Co upon successful completion. Here he served as a Basic Radio Operator (MOS 2531). In 1982, reported to 6th Communications Bn Communications Support Co Radio Plt, after a brief hiatus in the IRR. During this period he served in varying roles, and capacities including Section Chief, Battery NCO, Frequency NCO and Platoon Sergeant and ultimately promoted to SSGT by 1990.A native of Chicago, Illinois, Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt) Geeter enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1976. Private Geeter received his recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California followed by Basic Logistics School at Del Mar, Camp Pendleton, California, graduating as the class honor graduate.
Dr. James Averhart
MGySgt James H. Carr (Ret)
PNP Joseph H. Geeter III (Ret)

 

Sergeant Major Chestnut was born in Sumter, South Carolina on May 25, 1960 to Joseph and Mable Chestnut. He have six sisters (Mildred, Helen, Mary, Thomasena, Rebecca and Delphine), and three brothers (Joseph Jr, Walter and Alphonso).Master Sergeant Erica L. James is currently serving at the Equal Opportunity Advisor for Training and Education Command/Training Command/Education Command, Quantico, Virginia. She is presently serving on active duty and has been serving honorably for 22 years.William N. Woods, Jr. has been a therapist for over thirty-five years. He started his career in counseling while still serving in the United States Marine Corps. He was part of a special group trained to lead groups of Marines in discussing issues concerning Marines of all ranks, following withdrawal from Vietnam. During this time he facilitated groups containing ranks from Private to Major.
SgtMaj Melvin O Chestnut (Ret) MSgt Erica L. James Dr. William N. Woods, Jr.

 

Kenneth D. Dunn is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. Upon his graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1974, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and served in the U. S. Marine Corps for 30 years, retiring in July 2004. He served as an artillery officer and commanded 5th Battalion, 10th Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, 1993-95, and Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, Virginia, 1998-2000. From 2001-2003, he served as the Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan. In retirement, Dr. Dunn has worked as a contractor and as a federal government civilian at Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps. He now serves in the Manpower Information Systems Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs.Sergeant Major Fetherson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 27, 1955 and graduated from Independence High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 2, 1974.CWO-3 Carmen Cole a native of Milwaukee Wisconsin began her military career enlisting in the Marine Corps in November 1980. She completed recruit training at Parris Island S.C., in June 1981 and was trained as a motor transport maintenance mechanic at Camp Johnson formally known as Montford Point. She reported to 2d Maintenance Battalion, Camp Lejeune in November of 1981. While there she was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant. In 1984 she returned to the Parris Island S.C. as a Drill Instructor and Senior Drill Instructor.
Dr. Kenneth D. Dunn, Col Ret. SgtMaj Ronald E. Featherson (Ret) CWO-3 Carmen Cole (Ret)

 

Chief Warrant Officer Eric Nelson graduated recruit training on November 22, 1991 and went on to Camp Pendleton, California to attend Marine Corps Combat Training (MCT) where he graduated as a distinguish graduate. Upon graduation he received orders to the Defense Mapping School, currently The School of Geospatial-Intelligence (TSG), Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) training as a 0261 Geographic Intelligence Analyst. After successful completion of MOS training, in January of 1993, he was assigned to the 2nd Topographic Platoon, 2nd Intelligence Company, 2nd Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Intelligent Group (SRIG). While assigned to the 2nd Topographic Platoon he executed two consecutive deployments with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) where he participated in operations Restore Hope, Provide Promise, Deny Flight and Joint Endeavor.GySgt. Lawrence “Life” Dean ll is philanthropic poet from Conway, South Carolina. For the last ten years he has been an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist who has appeared on numerous broadcasting ranging from Fox News to the BBC. His “from projects to the pulpit, 1 or 1 million” approach to poetry has placed him at in a host of Universities, stages, churches, prisons, projects and corners in around the world bringing inspirational and socially conscience material to wherever there is need.Ashanti Curry is 17 years old and is the daughter of GySgt. Lawrence Dean and Tammie Dean. She is a senior at Northside High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina with a 4.4 GPA; Ranked 8 of 212. Not only is she academically gifted but she is also extremely active in school and her community being her Class President, Captain of the Varsity Basketball Team, National Honor Society, Vice President of Science National Honor Society, FCA, and many other school clubs.
MR. Eric W. Nelson, USMC CWO2 (Ret.) GySgt Lawrence Dean Ms. Ashanti Curry (Poet)

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