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Black History Month 2008 Celebrated at NMSU

Black Programs at New Mexico State University will commemorate the gains of African American leaders and the civil rights movement by hosting several events during the February celebration of Black History Month.


"This is a time of consciousness building and progressive thinking," said Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs. "We need to remember where we've come from and where we want to go. We have to reflect and be higher thinking people."

The events for Black History Month include:

?Lecture by Conrad Worrill - "Obama - Hope vs. Reality" will be given by the director of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Milton Hall CMI Theatre.

?African Drumming and Dancing - The Kulu Mele group will provide entertainment for the public at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Rio Grande Theatre located at 213 N. Main St. Tickets for the event are $12. Student tickets are $10.

?Lecture by Eric Abercrumbie - The speaker has a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies and is highly recognized for his work with cultural diversity. The lecture is entitled "Unity Within the Community" and will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Fulton Center.

?Spoken Word Extravaganza - African American poetry, rap and storytelling by the group Egypt & Co. at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Corbett Center Auditorium.

?Panel Discussion - "100 Challenges Facing African-American Students on University Campuses" will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Corbett Center Auditorium.

?Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner - The speaker for this event will be Robert J. Jones, senior vice president for system administration at the University of Minnesota. Tickets for the dinner are $35. Student tickets are $15. The dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Corbett Center Student Union Ballrooms.

?Gospel Jazz Night - The NMSU Gospel Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 in the NMSU Music Recital Hall.

Aside from the Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner and the African Drumming and Dancing, all events are free and open to the public. For more information call (575) 646-4208.