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NMSU has full slate of programs to celebrate Black History Month


New Mexico State University Black Programs, in collaboration with the NMSU Black Student Association, Doña Ana Community College (DACC) and NMSU Libraries, will present discussions of education, health and history, along with live entertainment and the dedication of a building wing as part of the celebration of Black History Month 2022.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Back to Black: Building Leadership, Advocacy, Community and Knowledge.”

Here is the lineup of events:

  • Power Through Pedagogy panel, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1. This virtual panel will feature Black educators discussing their experiences as leaders in higher education.
  • Black history documentary series, 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23 in the DACC East Mesa library, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd., room F.
  • Worthy Wisdom Elder’s Podcast, noon, Thursdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24, featuring Black community leaders to recognize excellence and preserve history.
  • Dedication of the Clarence Fielder Wing, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. Dedication of the NMSU History Department Area of Breland Hall as the Clarence H. Fielder Wing. Fielder (1928-2015) was an African-American educator and icon both at NMSU and within the Las Cruces community. He taught in the NMSU History Department for more than 30 years, taught African-American history and helped create the Black Studies Program.
  • Black Health Matters health fair, noon, Thursday, Feb. 17. Join community partners to learn about resources and supports.
  • African Drum/Dance Experience, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. A live cultural drum and dance performance, education session and participant engagement event.
  • 70s Disco Party, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. A skating event celebrating black ‘70s culture with fashion, music and food, at the Spot Family Entertainment Center, 170 W. Picacho Ave. in Las Cruces.

For more information on these events and links to the Zoom events, email blackpro@nmsu.edu.

Call NMSU Black Programs at 575-646-4208. Visit blackprograms.nmsu.edu.