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Black History Month programming continues throughout February

  • 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12: Creative Expression: NMSU Black Programs’ West African Drum, Dance and Art Experience. A virtual interactive cultural experience featuring Fred Simpson. Zoom ID: 951 2058 0321.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16: NMSU Black Programs’ Spoken Word: A Weapon of Mass Construction. Poet Laureate Honey Bell Bey of Cleveland, Ohio. Zoom ID: 945 9582 8613.
  • 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18: Real Talk: NMSU Black Programs’ One Movement Many Platforms. NMSU Department of English assistant professor of critical composition and writing studies Eric A. House, Ph.D. House’s research focuses on black rhetorical production and writing systems. Zoom ID: 939 8358 9086.
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18: The third Doña Ana County NAACP/KRWG panel discussion will focus on police reform, with guest Las Cruces Police Chief Miguel Dominguez. The program repeats at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.
  • 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 ID: 991 2539 2021.
  • Noon, Tuesday, Feb. 23: NMSU Black Programs’ Black Health Matters Fair. Includes a special interactive feature: “Keep It Moving,” with Dr. Patrick Turner. Zoom ID: 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 ID: 910 6936 8906.

To submit questions for the panels, email info@naacpdac.org. Discussions will be posted on www.krwg.org and www.naacpdac.org.

Doña Ana County NAACP President Bobbie Green was one of nine children raised on a farm off Miles Road north of Las Cruces. Her parents met while working in a cotton field near Silver City. Green attended MacArthur Elementary School and Alameda Junior High and is a graduate of Mayfield High School. She has a BA in English from USC, an MBA from City University in Seattle and a Ph.D. from Seattle University. Green traveled extensively while working for Microsoft before returning to Las Cruces in 2004 to begin a teaching career at NMSU.

NMSU Black Programs Interim Director Kimberly York moved to Las Cruces from Cleveland in 2015 and began volunteering for NMSU Black Programs. She became interim director in 2020. York has a background in clinical social work, nonprofit leadership and youth development. She formerly served as second vice president and education chair of the Doña Ana County NAACP and on the state Office of African American Affairs Executive Committee. She is a member of the New Mexico Governor’s Council for Racial Justice. York has master’s degrees in social administration and nonprofit organizations from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She is completing a doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology at Grand Canyon University. Visit blackprograms.nmsu.edu.

NMSU Black Student Association President Kiara Holloway is a native of Las Cruces and a senior majoring in animal sciences. She identifies as Afro-Latina – her mother is a native of Mexico. Holloway has worked to make animal sciences a more diverse program, she said. She has visited many parts of the world, including Egypt, Costa Rica and Australia, and said she is grateful to NMSU for giving her travel opportunities. Holloway was raised by a single mother who taught her the importance of getting an education. Visit blackprograms.nmsu.edu/resources/black-student-organizations/black-student-association-bsa.html.

NMSU Black Student Association (BSA) Vice President Ignacio Alvarado is a senior majoring in animal sciences, with minors in psychology and chemistry. He has already earned an associate’s of science degree. Alvarado is a native of El Paso, and he serves as a student engagement specialist with NMSU Black Programs. When he graduates next spring, Alvarado plans to begin work for a criminal behavior research institution. One of his goals at NMSU is to make more students aware of BSA.