Black History Month Events
25th Black History Month Kick-Off Brunch
January 30, 2010 at 11 a.m.
UNM Student Union Building Ballroom A & B
Award winning playwright, actress, and MacArthur 'Genius' Grant winner,
Anna Deavere Smith will discuss equality and race issues in the academic
community in a lecture titled: 'Forty Years Wandering in the Academic
Desert: Does Anyone See the Promised Land?'. Anna Deavere Smith's career covers
mainstream culture as well as academia. Her work in the theater explores American
character and our multifaceted national identity. Smith's works include Fires in the
Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles, and the current off-Broadway play Let Me Down Easy.
She is also known for her film and TV work, including a role on the NBC series The
Rock the House!
Join us for lectures on the pioneers of the Blackdom community and the African-
American experience in New Mexico at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, in the New Mexico
History Museum Auditorium. As a special treat, the Afro-Gospel Praise Experience will
perform a mixture of Afro-Latin rhythms and traditional gospel music throughout the
Flag raising ceremony
Monday, February 1, 2010 at 12 noon
Flag raising ceremony for Black History Month Kickoff Celebration (African American
UNM Africana Studies Day in Hobbs
Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Hobbs, New Mexico
Since UNM is the state's flagship university, we want to reach audiences outside of
Bernalillo County. We are particularly interest in developing outreach programs for our
pipeline programs to expose youth and their parents in our community to Africana
Studies courses and college. We have planned an afternoon of mini lectures by Africana
Studies Professors and informational sessions on the road to college a representative
UNM African American Student Services. We hope that this will become an annual
Public Lecture: 'My Black is Beautiful'
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
UNM Art Museum in the Center for the Arts building
Mark your calendars to join in the outstanding Speaker Series sponsored by the UNM Art
Museum and the Art and Art History Department. Join Prof. Sonia Rankin in her
presentation 'My Black is Beautiful: The Quest to Change the Representation of Black
Women in the Media'. The talk is free to the public.
STEP AFRIKA is coming to Popejoy!
February 9, 2010
7:30 p.m. Popejoy Hall
Use your UNM ID to get 2 free tickets at the Bookstore ticket office.
For more info call 505.277.5602
A Message to Youth: From Pain to Power
Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 4 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Building, Auditorium
Daniel Beaty shares his journey-growing up with a father who was a heroin
addict & dealer, and a brother who was addicted to crack cocaine-and how he
discovered his purpose. This show is geared toward all ages and is specially priced to
make it affordable for the entire family. Beaty is an award-winning playwright, actor,
singer and composer, who has performed around the world, including his famous work
appearing on HBO's Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam and BET's 106 & Park.
Black History Poster Presentations
Sunday, February 28, 2010 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m
UNM Continuing Education Building
Are you an aspiring artist or historian? Are you interested in learning more about Black
history? Do you love to share new things? Participate in Africana Studies Black History
Month Poster Presentation. The exhibition is open to all students grades Kindergarten
through 12th. All participants will receive a prize!
Black Cultural Conference
March 4-6, 2010
UNM African American Student Services, UNM Africana Studies Program and the
Office of African American Affairs presents UNM's 2010 Black Cultural Conference
'Many Roads, One Destination'. Thursday will feature a Community Revival and Living
Legends Presentation at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Dr. Ralph Douglas West from the
Church Without Walls in Houston, Texas. Friday will start with African American
Student Day and the Black Student Leadership Conference at UNM and conclude with a
Battle of the Bands in the 'Burque (with Fashion Show and Step Show Exhibition) at
UNM featuring two renowned high school bands from Los Angeles and Ft. Worth.
Conclude our conference with the Onyx Knowledge Bowl and Service Project at UNM