For more than 25 years, UNM's Africana Studies Program has hosted a brunch ushering in Black History Month reflections for all of Albuquerque. This has traditionally been the first major UNM sponsored event of the Black History Month season.

This year's brunch is set for Saturday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. in the UNM Student Union Ballrooms A, B and C. The theme is "Black Women in American History, Culture and Politics," featuring political commentator, strategist and author Donna Brazile.

Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for United Media, a columnist for Ms. Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine, and an on-air contributor to CNN and ABC, where she regularly appears on This Week with Christiane Amanpour.

She is the author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, and has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore, becoming the first African American woman to manage a presidential campaign.

Brazile's passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. She is currently vice chair of voter registration and participation and former chair of the Voting Rights Institute at the Democratic National Committee.

Brazile has been recognized for her great insight into the American political system as one of O, The Oprah Magazine's "20 Remarkable Visionaries" among the "100 Most Powerful Women" by Washingtonian magazine, the "Top 50 Women in America" by Essence magazine, and receiving the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's highest award for political achievement.

Tickets for the brunch are $25 and are available at: or by calling the UNM Ticket Office at 505. 925.5858 or toll free at 877.664.8661. For table sales, contact Alfred Mathewson or call 505.277.5820.

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