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Baton to speak in honor of Black History Month

New Mexico State University's Black Programs will host University of New Mexico Professor Maisha Baton, who will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Corbett Center Dona Ana Room 312.

Baton will speak about "Black Women's Role in the History of New Mexico."

Baton is a poet and playwright. She received her bachelor's degree in black studies from the University of Pittsburgh, her master's degree in existential psychology from Duquesne University and her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

She has taught courses at the University of Pittsburgh and at UNM including African American Legacy, Black Women Writers, African American History, Introduction to Contemporary Women, and Race, Class and Feminism.

She has written two plays, "Mitote" and "Kate's Sister," that focus on the experiences of the African American in the history of the West.

For the past few years, Baton's research has been focused on Black History in New Mexico with an emphasis on the role of the black woman. Her publications in these areas include "Black Women in New Mexico History," written for the Albuquerque Museum; "Blackdom, N.M., in the Context of the Black Colonization Movement," written for the New Mexico Historical Preservation Division; and "The Afro-Mexican in New Spain: Roots of Black New Mexico History."

For more information, call Black Programs at (505) 646-4208.