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Black History Month celebrated at NMSU

New Mexico State University's Black Programs and Black Student Union will celebrate Black History Month by hosting a variety of speakers and activities throughout the month of February.


"This year will mark the historic event of America's first black president," said Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs. "This is a transition point in history."
The highlight of Black History Month will be the Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 21. The dinner will feature the Rev. Lucius Walker Jr., the executive director of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO).

"Walker has done the footwork as an activist and preacher," Addo-Yobo said. "He has done a lot of positive work and I believe positive consciousness is the soul's path to success."

The IFCO played a key role in initiating church support for Haitian refugees during the 1970s. The foundation also founded the Ecumenical Minority Bail Bond to provide support for political prisoners.

Other events for Black History Month include:

Art Gallery Artist Reception, Tim Nelson, an advisor for NMSU's College of Arts and Sciences, at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at the Corbett Center Art Gallery.
Movie, "The Color Purple," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Corbett Center Auditorium.
"Leadership and Education," National Black Organization Speaking Tour featuring motivational speaker Andre English, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the Corbett Center Ballrooms.
Movie and panel discussion, "Souls of Black Girls," at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Corbett Center Auditorium.
Game night, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the Garcia Hall La Vista Learning Lounge.
Movie, "Amistad," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Corbett Center Auditorium.
Gospel Jazz Night featuring Galen, a graduate of Rutgers University and flutist with an extensive performance career, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Music Recital Hall.
Also on Feb. 21 will be the Black Alumni Golf Tournament from 8:30 a.m.-noon.
"Education and Self-Empowerment," youth workshops for elementary, middle school and high school students, featuring speaker Trei Steward, a graduate assistant coach for NMSU's men's basketball team. The workshops will be all day Monday, Feb. 23, at the Corbett Center Auditorium.
Def Poetry Jam, featuring speakers Dana Gilmore and Hakim Bellamy, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Corbett Center Auditorium.
Black Student Union debate, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Garcia Hall La Vista Learning Lounge.
Jack Ward Choral Festival, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Music Recital Hall.
For more information about the Black Alumni Golf Tournament, contact Clifford Davis at (510) 501-5445 or cdavis@scitor.com. For more information about all of the events, call NMSU's Black Programs at (575) 646-4208.