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NMSU finds a dozen ways to celebrate black history month in 2012

New Mexico State University's Black Programs found a dozen ways to commemorate Black History Month in 2012 and invites others to help them honor the accomplishments and celebrate the contributions of black Americans to our history and culture.

The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, with the opening of the Ben Hazard Art Show at Corbett Center. Hazard is known for his unique acrylic sculpture and exhibited in galleries, museums and educational institutions throughout the country and in Japan.

President of the Black Student Association (BSA) Erika Galloway said they will host a game night at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Corbett Center Auditorium. "This will give an opportunity for people to come together, mingle, learn about and experience each other while having refreshments provided by Papa John's," Galloway said.

The BSA is also sponsoring a night of soul music remixes. This event will feature artists that have taken modern songs and changed the lyrics to a gospel theme. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Corbett Center Auditorium and will include local artists.

Dana Gilmore, a spoken word artist featured on HBO's Def Poetry, will perform and host an open mic night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Everyone is welcome to share their talents at the Corbett Center Auditorium.

The spirit may move some to enjoy Gospel Jazz Night at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Atkinson Recital Hall. The New Mexico Mass Choir and NMSU's Gospel Choir will perform a diverse selection of music.

Running shoes are not required for speed dating at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Aggie Underground at Corbett Center. The singles event will include two-minute rounds as well as a group mixer. Refreshments will be provided.

A screening of the movie "Glory Road" which tells the true story of the first all-black college basketball team will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Corbett Center Auditorium. Nevil "The Shadow" Shed will speak about his experience playing basketball on the historic team as well his efforts to help youth transform their lives through athletics.

Spencer Crew will discuss "The great migration of African-Americans: Making the color-line national," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the College of Health and Social Services Auditorium. Crew is a professor of African-American and public history who has worked at the National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institution and served as president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

A panel discussion about current racial issues will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Garcia Annex in the faculty senate chambers. This is an open forum to discuss ways in which racial issues play out both on campus and in the community as well as other topical issues.

Guest speaker Bruce Bridges will present "Martin Luther King - Perspective of the past, vision of the future," at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms. Bridges is a speaker and author whose latest book is titled "Recapturing the African Mind." He was also owner of the Know Bookstore which stocked works by African-American authors, African masks and figurines and featured live jazz weekly.

The Black Student Association will host a black history month banquet and dance at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb 23, in the Corbett Center Ballrooms. This event is meant to provide others with an opportunity to know the student leaders of the BSA and other participating student organizations.

The festivities will conclude at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, with a screening of the film "Mississippi Burning" at Corbett Center in the senate chambers. The film stars Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe and uses the true story of the disappearance of three civil rights workers in 1964 as its inspiration.