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Guest speaker at NMSU to cover African American leaders, including Barack Obama during Black History Month event

Fulbright scholar Molefi Kete Asante will speak about the achievements of Malcom X and Martin Luther King and the impact they had on the civil rights movement and the election of President Barack Obama as part of New Mexico State University's Black History Month celebration at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Corbett Center Auditorium. The event will be free and open to the general public.

Portrait of Molefi Kete Asante
Molefi Kete Asante will speak during NMSU's Black History Month celebration at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Corbett Center Auditorium. (Submitted photo)

"I think it's important that we listen and find out what this means for everyone," Festus Addo-Yobo, director of NMSU Black Programs. "I think it will be good to see his perspective on Obama being elected."

Asante is a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has published 74 books and has been recognized as one of the 10 most widely cited African Americans. Asante has a vast knowledge in political philosophy and has received more than 100 awards for scholarships and teaching, honorary doctorates from three universities, and is a guest professor at Zhejiang University in China.

"I think he is a dynamic person," Addo-Yobo said "He not only brings out the best in us but our fears as well. A lot of people don't like to talk about the darkness on how we feel about each other and he brings that out. He shows us not to fear our own shadow."

For more information contact Black Programs at 575-646-4208 or blackpro@nmsu.edu.