Sonia Gipson Rankin, associate dean of both Africana Studies and University College, announces a variety of events to recognize Black History Month, starting with a flag raising ceremony on Friday, Feb. 1. Individuals can meet  at 11 a.m. at African American Student Services and walk over to Scholes Hall for the flag raising. Following, a tour of the recently-remodeled AASS center is set.

A.L.O.T. of Words
Speak them loud and proud: Join Africana Leadership Opportunity Team in front of Mesa Vista Hall every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. during Black History Month. Speeches, thoughts, poetry, and words of significant Black people to your community, Harlem Renaissance style. Come to listen. Come to bring your voice. February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

Friday, Feb. 8: African American Day at the State Capitol
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to travel to the State Capitol during the Legislative session for African American Day at the State Capitol.

Monday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.: Post Graduate Opportunity Workshop at African American Student Services
Multiple avenues for post-graduate opportunities will be presented. Guests from Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, Black Law School Association.

Monday, Feb. 18: Black Greek Letter Organization: Roundtable discussing the history and legacy of Black Greek life in colleges. For more details, contact: Don Trahan.

Wednesday, Feb. 20: Night of Inspiration: Mt. Olive Baptist Church will share the historical role of the Black church in Black student development. For more details, contact: Don Trahan.

"Diversity: A Myth in Educational Institutions"
Presented by Dr Harold Bailey, Wednesday, Feb. 20 at UNM Domenici West Room 3010
This talk gives the audience a historical view of the American educational system and its institutional design, showing how public schools and institutions of higher learning apparently do not embrace diversity and sometimes fight against it. The presenter contends that diversity initiatives are difficult to implement because of issues related to race, class, politics and priorities. Additionally, it takes a collective strategy to accomplish diversity, inclusion and equity in schools, colleges and universities. If those groups, which have been historically disenfranchised, are not at the table, then diversity will not be achieved. 

For more information, visit:HSC Diversity

Monday, Feb. 25: The Color of Fear: Film viewing in African American Student Services. For more details, contact: Don Trahan.

Guest Lectures in The African World

During Black History Month, a series of guest speakers will visit in Africana Studies 385, The African World class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in February. Speakers will highlight different perspectives on African and African Diaspora studies. The guests in the month of February are: Lawrence Strauss, UNM distinguished professor of anthropology and an Africanist scholar; Osborn Pearson, scholar in evolutionary archeology of Africa and professor at UNM; and Kimberly Gauderman, professor of History and a scholar on Black experience in Latin America.

For information on locations and times, please contact Admasu Shunkuri

Tuesday, March 5: The Black Hole: Art Exhibit

Join Africana Leadership Opportunity Team and Third World Outliers from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the SUB atrium for art for and about the people. This is a forum to show what you've been cooking up! Looking for art covering a broad range of themes but concerning the human experience, oppressed peoples, social justice, injustice, indigenous peoples, ethnic peoples, social movement, and political movements. Welcoming submissions from all mediums and types such as acrylic pieces, mixed-media compositions, spoken word, sculptures/3-D, live painting, live performance etc. For more information, contact: UNM ALOT.

TBD in early March: My Black is… New Mexico: Celebrating Black Women in New Mexico. Africana Studies will host a panel discussion exploring, celebrating, and documenting the history of Black women in the State of New Mexico.

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