NMSU commemorates Black History Month with several events

January 29, 2015

New Mexico State University will celebrate Black History Month with a number of events scheduled throughout the month of February.

“”It is essential to celebrate Black History Month because it is important to celebrate civil rights, which actually is human rights for all people,”” Director of Black Programs Festus Addo-Yobo said. “”It is the reminder of our history from the past, present and what we envision for the future. America must know or acknowledge the contributions of Black America by increasing the appreciation of African-American heritage and history.””

The NMSU series of events celebrating Black History Month includes guest speakers, a fashion show and dance competitions, an open mic show and more. All events during the celebration will be free.

““Every event will be exciting and will accommodate the youth, NMSU students, faculty and staff. Personally, the debates on February 5th and 25th will be great, as it speaks to honest dialogue of Higher Education, educational leadership and race in America,”” Addo-Yobo said. “Another exciting event for students will be the step show. ‘Battle of Greeks’ will showcase a fraternity and sorority modern dance competition.”

On Thursday, Feb. 5, a panel discussion titled “African Americans in Higher Education: Advantages and Challenges of Leadership” will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Corbett Student Union Auditorium.

Participants include Cmdr. Paul Cross, Provost Dan Howard and Assistant Professor Henrietta Pichon-Williams from Education Leadership and Administration. Bobbie Green from the College of Business will moderate.

Acclaimed comedian Tony Baker will perform at the Open Mic Night from 7-9 p.m. at the Corbett Student Union Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Dancing with Black Student Association featuring the Candice Reyes Quintet will take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the Corbett Student Union Lounge.

An African-American Renaissance fashion show highlighting various styles will take place from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Corbett Student Union Auditorium.

The annual favorite African-American step show – fraternity and sorority Greek competition – will take place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Rio Grande Theatre in Downtown Las Cruces. The event is free.

The movie “African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” will include a panel discussion with NMSU doctoral management program director Sean Rogers, Distinguished Professor H. Prentice Baptiste, Assistant Professor Xeturah Woodley and Bobbie Green from 6-8:30 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Corbett Student Union Auditorium.

Lastly, the Black Student Association will host an appreciation dinner from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the NMSU Golf Course.

“”As director of Black Programs, it is important to share the contributions and struggles of Black American history,””Addo-Yobo said. “”We enjoy the diversity of Black American experience by acquiring knowledge which is an integral part of human insights or equality (of all people) it represents. According to Martin Luther King, ‘Nothing is more powerful and liberating than knowledge of who you are and how you want to relate’ with others within or out of your community and society.””

For more information or to sign up for events contact Black Programs at 575-646-4208 or blackpro@nmsu.edu.

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