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Black History Month programming continues


Upcoming events related to Black History month continue through the end of February.

  • 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19: NMSU Black Programs’ Black Style Showcase. Fashion show in collaboration with the University of New Mexico Black Student Union. Zoom: 991 2539 2021.
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21: The third Doña Ana County NAACP/KRWG panel discussion will focus on police reform, with guest Las Cruces Police Chief Miguel Dominguez.
  • Noon, Tuesday, Feb. 23: NMSU Black Programs’ Black Health Matters Fair. Includes a special interactive feature: “Keep It Moving,” with Dr. Patrick Turner. Zoom: 945 6570 9586.
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25: The fourth Doña Ana County NAACP/KRWG panel discussion will focus on police reform, with guests Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima and City Councilor Johana Bencomo. The program repeats at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28.
  • 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26: NMSU Black Programs’ Black Mental Health Matters. An open discussion with licensed professionals. Zoom: 910 6936 8906.

The first celebration of Black History Month was in 1970 at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. American historian and author Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) proposed the creation of Negro History Week during the second week of February – it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglas (likely Feb. 14) – in 1926.

Woodson, a native of Virginia, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and he is often called the father of Black History.

Black History Month is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, and in October in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.