Contact: Wendel Sloan at 575.562.2253
Reporter: by Kaylee Peterson
PORTALES--Eastern New Mexico University in Portales is celebrating Black History Month in February by involving all students and faculty in events throughout the month. Continuing with the previous events that have already taken place, on Feb. 4 from 2-3 p.m. in the Campus Union Building Sandia Room there will be a presentation to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear green that day and attend the presentation and movie based on his life. Free popcorn and fact sheets will be given out.
Continuing the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., there will be a movie night with a film on his accomplishments and life on Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Eddy Hall.
“Rise and Fall of The Black Panther Party” at 6 p.m. in Ground Zero in the CUB will be a presentation by ENMU professor Doug Morris. He will explain the fall of the Black Panther Party as well as the influential movement established to promote black power. After his presentation there will be an open time for discussion and questions.
If you have ever wondered about the history in the Bible on black figures, then The Black Bible presentation will answer your questions. On Feb. 10 in the CUB Aztec Room from 2-3 p.m. Carlos Zachery from Dallas, Texas, and Rodrick Chambers will educate the audience on which black figures were important in the Bible and their ways of living.
Malcolm X Day on Feb. 11 will be a chance for everyone to wear black and attend the presentation on the facts of his life in the CUB Lobby from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
“Race and Racism in the New Millennium” on Feb. 17 from 2-3 p.m. in the CUB Zuni Room, Sherri Burr from the University of New Mexico will present her studies on how the domestic and international economy evolves.
On Feb. 18 everyone is encouraged to wear red to celebrate our new leader Barack Obama. From 2-3 p.m. in the CUB Navajo Room there will be a presentation on our first black president and his accomplishments during his time in office, as well as his history before becoming president.
A throwback blockbuster movie will be held in Eddy Hall on Feb. 19 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Doug Morris will once again give a presentation on Feb. 22 from 6-7 p.m. in Ground Zero on the relationship on the marriage between freedom and jazz. During the presentation there will be a guest saxophone performance by Kaiwen Xu.
Harold Bailey will present a historical perspective of the black experience in America from when there was slavery until the present. “The Winds of Change Luncheon” will be held on Feb. 24 in the CUB Sandia Room. Pick up your tray at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation will begin at noon.
On Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in Greyhound Arena, African-American Affairs will close out Black History Month with a basketball game between two ENMU teams. Halftime will bring dance groups, 3-point contests, and the crowning of Mr. and Mrs. Black ENMU. Refreshments and prizes will be given out.
African-American Affairs has been working hard since October to bring this month to life for the Eastern campus and the public they hope everyone can come out for as many events as possible and support what they are doing to bring Black History Month to life.
For more information, call African-American Affairs at 575-562-2437.