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NMSU to host guest special speakers during Black History Month

Black History Month is often seen as a time of reflection regarding contributions made by African-Americans. In honor of this tradition, New Mexico State University has invited three noted national speakers to discuss and illuminate different historical periods in the U.S.


The first speaker to visit NMSU will be Nevil "The Shadow" Shed who was a member of the first all-black college basketball team whose story was the basis of the film "Glory Road." After winning the 1966 NCAA Championship, Shed played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and later served as assistant coach for the University of Texas. He now serves as a coordinator for student activities and is dedicated to helping youth transform their lives through athletics. Shed will speak at the NMSU screening of the "Glory Road" film at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Corbett Center Auditorium.

Next to visit the NMSU campus will be Spencer Crew who 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.

Finally, 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.

"These are dynamic speakers who talk about social justice, consciousness and empowerment," said Festus Ado-Yobo director of Black Programs at NMSU. "This is a chance for people to learn and gain knowledge about the contributions of African-Americans in America."