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NMSU celebrates Black History Month with a variety of events

New Mexico State University will celebrate Black History Month with a number of events scheduled throughout the month of February.

"Black History Month is a time of reflection of the past, present and future; it reminds us of equality," said Festus Addo-Yobo, director of NMSU Black Programs. "If we stop talking about Black History Month then our history is lost."

The NMSU series of events celebrating Black History Month include guest speakers, food and dance competitions, an art exhibition and more. All events during celebration will be free and open to the general public.

The celebration is presented by NMSU Black Programs and is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Business, ASNMSU and the Black Student Council.

The first event to kick off the Black History Month Celebration is Inkorporated: An Art Exhibition. The exhibition will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the Corbett Center Art Gallery and will feature artwork from NMSU students that showcase the togetherness of the Black culture in Las Cruces and NMSU.

"Race is the Place," an hour-long movie that explores racism and its continued survival in the country, will be shown at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Corbett Center Auditorium. Following the movie a panel of NMSU instructors will discuss different issues of race.

Politically Incorrect, a night of improvisation and comedy games, will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Corbett Center Aggie Underground. Participants will be placed into teams and given scenarios to act out.

Molefi Kete Asante, a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, will speak on the achievements of the nation, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the elections of Barak Obama at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13 at the Corbett Center Auditorium.

Dress to Impress Dance, a social event to bring the campus community together, will be at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Corbett Center Underground.

Open Mic Night, a night where students will be able to showcase their music, singing and poetry will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Corbett Center Auditorium. Step X Step, a dancing competition, will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Corbett Center Ballrooms. The Next Wing Master, a hot wing eating contest, will take place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Corbett Center Aggie Underground.

Closing out the celebration is the Ancestor Appreciation Dinner at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Corbett Center Ballrooms. Jamal Martin, a professor at the University of New Mexico, will be the keynote speaker and will discuss student leadership and the importance of student involvement in activism and community service.

For more information or to sign up for events contact Black Programs at 575-646-4208 or blackpro@nmsu.edu.