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NMSU Black History Month events continue throughout February


New Mexico State University continues the celebration of Black History Month with events hosted by the Black Student Association (BSA) and Black Programs in collaboration with the NMSU and Doña Ana Community College libraries.

This year’s theme is “Black to Black: Building Leadership, Advocacy, Community and Knowledge.”

“The idea behind Black History Month this year was collaboration and community building. All of our events to some extent are some form of collaboration,” said BSA President Ignacio Alvarado, a senior majoring in animal science. “It was very important for us to help build a community that’s more robust, inclusive, diverse and welcoming to all.”

Here are upcoming Black History Month events:

  • DACC East Mesa campus library, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd., continues screening documentaries focused on Black life in the Academic Resources Building, second floor. Upcoming are “Black Feminist,” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16; and “Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten,” 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23.
  • New episodes of “Worthy Wisdom Elder’s Podcast” will be released every Thursday of the spring semester. The podcast, produced by Alvarado and other BSA members, recognizes Black community leaders from Las Cruces. Visit blackprograms.nmsu.edu/index.html for links. “In our community, and in most cultures, our elders are the legacy holders of knowledge and information,” said Black Programs Interim Director Kimberly York. “Blacks here in Las Cruces have a very unique legacy and have made some very significant contributions.”
  • The Black Health Matters Fair is noon-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 via Zoom (ID: 93816131413.) Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Aggie Cupboard, Casa de Peregrinos emergency food program, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico and others will share health-related information and resources and there will be a 30-minute interactive exercise.
  • Drummer Fred Simpson will headline an African drum and dance performance, “Creative Expression: An African Drum/Dance Experience,” beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, featuring dancers from the NMSU Dance Program. A limited number of guests can watch the performance in person at Rentfrow Hall, 3161 Williams Ave. To watch in person or remotely, email blackpro@nmsu.edu.
  • A 1970s-themed, disco-skating party celebrating Black culture with food, fashion and music will be 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Spot Family Entertainment Center, 170 W. Picacho Ave.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact blackpro@nmsu.edu.