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NMSU’s Black History Month to feature student summit, fashion show, movie showings, moreNMSU’s Black Programs will host 10 events throughout the month of February to celebrate Black History Month.

  • By Melissa R. Rutter
  • 575-646-4211
  • Jan 30, 2019

New Mexico State University’s Black Programs will celebrate Black History Month with 10 events throughout the month of February.

The events will run from Feb. 1-27 with the director of the Black Programs Festus Addo-Yobo suggesting three events he thinks are the most important and educational: Cultural Exhibit & Open Mic: Afro-Pop Culture, Black by Southwest Student Summit and Project Culture: Fashion Show.

“We’re going to have African drummers performing with dancers during the Cultural Exhibit and Open Mic and during the fashion show a new wave of dressing will be shown off. I think both events would be fun for the public to see,” Addo-Yobo said.

The Black by Southwest Student Summit will be two days this year and will revolve around the theme: Embracing our Excellence. Through discussions, panels, networking and social gatherings, students from across the region analyze issues affecting the Black/Afro-Diasporic community and explore solutions that can be implemented on their own college campuses.

Tickets are free, but attendance is limited. To register for the event and to look at the itinerary visit

This year’s events don’t have an official theme, but Addo-Yobo said if he had to give it one it would be love and understanding.

“There’s more to Black History than being in February, it’s a time of reflection in terms of civil and human rights. Where America has been, what it is now and what it will be tomorrow,” Addo-Yobo said. “We really need love and understating as human beings and if we can do that, we can go far.”

Addo-Yobo took a moment to reflect on Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday celebration that took place a few weeks ago and said that King and other leaders taught the country valuable lessons and bridged gaps.

“Leadership means total responsibility towards a just cause in terms of civil rights, social justice and equality. It’s about inspiring others and self-empowerment of the American citizens. It means setting aside personal desires for the general good and once we have the consciousness of the general good, we are healing not only ourselves but the world in general,” Addo-Yobo said.

All events are free and open to the public and are sponsored by ASNMSU, Corbett Center Student Union, the NAACP, NMSU BSA, NMSU Brotherhood Circe and NMSU Sista to Sista.

Following is a list of Black History events being held in February:

Friday, Feb. 1 (5:30 to 8 p.m.)
Let’s Talk About it: Black Card Revoked Edition
Garcia Center, Room 135

Monday, Feb. 4 (5 to 8 p.m.)
Cultural Exhibit & Open Mic: Afro-Pop Culture
Corbett Center Auditorium

Friday, Feb. 8 (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
“Blindspotting” movie showing
Black Programs Lounge

Saturday, Feb. 9 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Barrettes & Bowties Bow Ties
Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center

Wednesday, Feb. 13 (6 to 9 p.m.)
Speed Dating
Corbett Center Aggie Lounge

Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16
Black by Southwest Student Summit
Various times and locations

Tuesday, Feb. 19 (6 to 9 p.m.)
Project Culture: Fashion Show
Corbett Center Auditorium

Friday, Feb. 22 (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
“Malcom X” movie showing
Black Programs Lounge

Saturday, Feb. 23 (11 a.m. to noon)
Afro-Heritage Appreciation Brunch
Corbett Center, Otero Room 129
Must RSVP at 202-766-2067

Wednesday, Feb. 27 (6 to 10 p.m.)
The New Negro Movement: Harlem Renaissance Celebration
Corbett Center West Ballroom

For more information, please call Black Programs at NMSU at 575-646-4208.