Black History Month February 2014
Americans have recognized Black History Month annually since 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson first established Negro History Week. Later "Black History Month" was implemented as an initiative to bring national attention to the contribution of African-Americans throughout American history. The month of February was chosen by Woodson because of the birthdays of two great influential men, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
The Office of African-American Affairs is proud to present all of the events honoring Black History Month for the ENMU campus and community. Please join us in our celebration and feel free to call (575)562-2437, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the office in the Alley if you have any questions. Celebrate Black History Month!
Monday, February 3
11:30 a.m. CUB Lobby
African American Affairs will be tabling in the CUB Lobby. Stop by our table to meet the staff and see what we have to celebrate for Black History Month! There will be music and giveaways.
Zuma Zuma African Acrobats
Monday, February 3
7:00 CUB Ballroom
African American Affairs and ASAB will host a Cirque de Soleil show! The Cirque Zuma Zuma African Acrobats were the 2011 finalist for America's Got Talent. The performance will include but not be limited to: contortionist, human pyramid,Stunts, and hurling through hoops.
African Americans Successful today and beyond
Tuesday, February 4
Born in Brownwood, Texas, Mr. Miller is an alumnus of ENMU and current Campus Life Director. He will be discussing the question, "what is success?", not just as an African American, but as an everyday American in society.
What is Black Poetry Today?
Wednesday, February 5
As the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, Hakim Bellamy, is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles. Hakim will be doing a spoken word presentation and having a book signing on his book "Swear".
African Instruments in Society
Thursday, February 6
Daughter of Lesotho chief, Dodson lived many years in South Africa and in Ireland. This presentation describes the role of music in traditional African society using drumming. Event is co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council.
HIV And AIDS
11 am – 1 pm
Dr. Keith Levitt, Regional Health Officer for Southeast New Mexico, came to this state via Los Angeles to "be of service to the New Mexico people." He will be speaking on HIV/AIDS and STDS followed by testing. He has had a career in Anesthesiology and Critical care; helping in clinic for the homeless and going to other countries to work on medical missions.
Nelson Mandela: A Tribute and History Made
Monday, February 10
Dr. Ken Cradock, Chair of the Biology Department and Native to South Africa, will be giving a presentation on the life of Nelson Mandela. Dr. Craddock will discuss the trails and the triumphs of his life, from the perspective of a young college student who lived through his release and presidency.
Mardi Gras Buffet
Tuesday, February 11
11 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Sodexo will be preparing a Mardi Gras buffet to celebrate the Mardi Gras Carnival Season.
Genealogy of African-American Identity
Wednesday, February 12
Robert Graham, Alumni Affairs Coordinator, will discuss his experience with a premiere early 21st century crossroad: The intersection of technology and identity through DNA testing. He will discuss what inspired him to investigate his ancestry, what he found, and what he sees as the future implications for this kind of research.
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow – Are we going anywhere?
Tuesday, February 18
Deputy Chief for the State Office of African American Affairs Darren Johnson, will be giving a presentation on how exploring the terrain for Blacks in New Mexico, and across the country, has changed from the 1940's on up to today. We will take a look at how communities across the country have held on to old ways and mores.
"Journey to Segou, Mali"-Book Signing
Wednesday, February 19
A former Peace Corps volunteer and presently a teacher from Taos, Ms. Bonnie Black, will be elaborating on her journey to Mali, the eighth poorest country in the world. (UN Human Development Index) and has one of the world's lowest literacy rates. Ms. Black relates her story to living in Mali and changing lives as well as her own. She helped every day women construct a quilt that brought them together. She lived and worked in Mali, Africa. There will be a Book Signing on her book "How to Make an African Quilt: The Story of the Patchwork project of Segou, Mali.
Hip Hop Mania Dance
Thursday, February 20
Come show of your dance moves and dance the night away! We will have food, music, fun and giveaways! Come chill and hang out with the office of African-American Affairs.
America Today: Situational Awareness 50 years later
Tuesday, February 25
Dr. Frederick Greene, Associate Professor of Business Law and Management at ENMU, will be presenting on situational awareness today in America. Dr. Greene will be explaining where America is 50 years after the March on Washington and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The talk will focus on the importance of understanding our past to help inform us as to how we should forge ahead in the future. It is a frank assessment of the progress, setbacks, and concerns that are a part of American society today.