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Black History Month celebrated at NMSU with series of events

Commemorating Black History Month this February, New Mexico State University plans several events honoring achievements and recounting history.


"Black History Month is for all of us," said Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs at NMSU, "not just African-Americans."

Kicking off the month's celebrations is the Step Show Contest at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 at Atkinson Recital Hall. Students will partake in African-American cultural dance, which incorporates clapping, stomping and spoken word.

American contemporary artist Ben Hazard's art exhibition will begin Feb. 3, at the Corbett Center Art Gallery from 6-9 p.m. Hazard is a renowned artist known for his portrait-like charcoal drawings and acrylic plastic sculptures.

Feb. 5, students can enjoy movie night in the Corbett Center Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. "Barack Obama: The Power of Hope" takes the audience through the victories and hardship of the 2008 election, rounding up the movie with footage of his acceptance speech in Chicago.

If game show type atmospheres sound like a good time, a Politically Incorrect Improv will entertain in the Corbett Center Auditorium from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 6.

"Education under Arrest" a panel discussion on issues affecting higher education will take place Feb. 7 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium.

Cornel West will speak at The Black Expo Banquet Feb. 8 at the Corbett Center Ballrooms from 6-8 p.m. West's theme, "Education under Arrest," will provoke the audience's thoughts and opinions.

"I think it's going to be very interesting, educational and challenging," Addo-Yobo said.

Tickets for adults are $30 and $20 for students. They can be purchased through Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com) or the NMSU box office.

Open Mic Night will be a fun environment for spoken word poets and expression. This event takes place at the Corbett Center Auditorium Feb. 12 from 7-11 p.m.

A Muscular Dystrophy Workshop, presented by Phi Beta Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta, Feb. 10 will take place in the Corbett Center Colfax Room 210 from 7-11 p.m.

The last of the events features a controversial documentary, "Dark Girls," Feb. 26 at the Corbett Center Auditorium. The film explores biases on race from within and outside the perspective of African-American women. It begins at 7 p.m.

Events are sponsored in part by American Indian Programs, Associated Students of New Mexico State University, Black Student Association, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health and Social Services, Counseling Center, Employee Council, Graduate School, Honors College, Indian Resource Development Program, Office of African-American Affairs, Office of Student Diversity and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

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