Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson – the highest-ranking African-American woman in the U.S. Army helps kick off Essence Music Festival
Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson is the first African American woman to be promoted to a two star general in the U.S. Army. PHOTO/Courtesy US Government
The highest-ranking African-American woman ever to serve in the U.S. Army is in New Orleans this week to participate in the 2012 Essence Music Festival. Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson appears at the festival beginning with a press conference this afternoon at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The festival, recognizing black music and culture, kicks off today and lasts through the weekend. The U.S. Army regularly sponsors the event as a recruiting and marketing venue, which is what brings Anderson to New Orleans. Army general officers accompanied by soldiers travel to New Orleans every year for the event.
Anderson on Saturday will participate in a panel discussion whose focus will be on education, according to an Army press release sent out overnight.