Black History Month at NMSU - Black History Month at NMSU -

New Mexico State University commemorates and celebrates Black History Month with programs and special events, throughout February 2022. Many of the events are hosted by the Black Student Association and Black Programs in collaboration with NMSU and Doña Ana Community College libraries. The theme for these events is Black to Black: Building Leadership, Advocacy, Community and Knowledge.

To start it off right, every Wednesday the DAAC East Mesa Campus Library will screen a documentary focusing on Black life, in the academic Resources Building, second floor. Featured films are Unforgiveable Blackness, February 2, 10 a.m.; Interview with John Lewis, February 9, 1 p.m.; Black Feminist, February 16, 10 a.m.; and Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten, February 23, 1 p.m. Masks are required for admittance and must be worn at all times.

Local Black community leaders will be highlighted when the Worthy Wisdom Elder’s Podcast makes its debut on Thursday, February 3, 12 p.m. Produced by members of the Black Student Association, the podcast picks up where the Black Excellence in Higher Education podcast left off, and will focus on the unique legacy and significant contributions made by Black elders in the community. New episodes will be released every Thursday throughout the Spring semester. Visit the website for information and links.

The University Art Museum hosts the Be Group for two free performances of The Colored Museum, Friday, February 4 and Friday, February 11, both beginning at 7 p.m. Electrifying audiences wherever it is performed, The Colored Museum – written by George C. Wolfe and directed by Tiffany and Christopher Brooks – consists of 11 satirical “exhibits” of African-American culture, from the depths of the Celebrity Slave Ship to the spinning heights of Harlem. For more information, call 575-646-2545.

A community legend will be honored with the dedication of the Clarence Fielder Wing at the NMSU History Department area of Breland Hall, Friday, February 11, 5:30 p.m. For those unfamiliar, Clarence was an educator and icon of the Las Cruces community, teaching African-American history in the NMSU History Department for over 40 years, and helping to create the Black Studies Program still in use at the University. He also played a critical role in the restoration and preservation of Phillips Chapel in Las Cruces.

The virtual Black Health Matters Fair returns to Zoom on Thursday, February 17, from 12 – 2:30 p.m. Addressing the importance of health and wellness in the Black community, the fair will share health-related information and resources. Participating this year are Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Aggie Cupboard, Casa de Peregrinos, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico and other health-related organizations. To tune in, use Zoom ID 93816131413.

Dancers from the NMSU Dance Program will join drummer Fred Simpson for an African Drum and Dance Performance at Rentfrow Hall, Thursday, February 24, beginning at 6 p.m. Broadcast virtually, a limited number of guests will be allowed to attend the performance in person. Anybody interesting in participating are asked to contact [email protected].

The Spot Family Entertainment Center, at 170 W. Picacho Avenue, will host a 1970s-themed Disco Skating Party celebrating Black culture, food, fashion and music, on Friday, February 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dress up in your best 70s outfits and dance the night away to Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and other staple artists from the era. Watch the Facebook page for details as they are announced.

And don’t forget, the University Art Museum features two exhibits showcasing Black, Indigenous and people of color in New Mexico, through March 5. Nikesha Breeze presents Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation & Reclamation, which includes new and existing works by the artist that focus on the collective traumas, histories, rituals and healing of the African Diaspora in the American Southwest.  Jackie Mitchell Edwards brings us Remembered Landscapes: The Sacred Space of Home, a multimedia installation revealing a poetic search for home and healing through material and spiritual relationships with nature and landscape. Both are deeply moving looks into the world of Black woman dealing with African Diaspora. For more information, call 575-646-2545.

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