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NMSU hosts private screening of award-winning documentary

Even after decades of racial integration, a Mississippi high school was still holding racially segregated proms up until 2008. New Mexico State University students will get a first-hand look during a private screening of "Prom Night in Mississippi," a documentary that captures the moment in history, Feb. 16.

The documentary, which will be presented at 7 p.m. at Corbett Center Student Union's Auditorium, is part of a series of events celebrating Black History Month at NMSU, and is collaboratively hosted by NMSU's College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Black Programs.

"The documentary tackles some strong issues on race and education," said Azadeh Osanloo, assistant professor of educational management and development in NMSU's College of Education.

Following the screening, there will be a question and answer session for one hour with directors Paul Saltzman and wife Patricia Aquino.

Osanloo, who specializes in issues of social justice, equality and diversity in education, was instrumental in bringing the screening to NMSU.

"After seeing the documentary on HBO, I extended an invitation to the producers, and by having this rare opportunity, I hope NMSU students create dialog to demystify taboos regarding race relations," Osanloo said.

The documentary has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary at the American Film Institute's Dallas International Festival and a nomination for Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival.

Preceding the documentary, Saltzman and Aquino will host two workshops to discuss the filmmaking process. The first workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Garcia Annex and the second will be from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in O'Donnell Hall Room 300.

Still left on the agenda Black History Month are Gospel Jazz Night, featuring J.J. Harrison and Youthful Praise, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at NMSU's Atkinson Recital Hall, and a luncheon featuring Regent Isaac "Ike" Pino at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the NMSU Golf Course Club Banquet Room.

For more information contact Black Programs at (575) 646-4208 or Osanloo at (575) 646-3825.