Black History Month


2015 Black History Month: "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture"

Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States. The event was first celebrated during a week in February in 1926. The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial. Carter G. Woodson selected February to encompass the birthdays of two great Americans who played a prominent role in shaping black history, namely Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, whose birthdays are the 12 and the 14, respectively.


Kick-off Tabling

Date: Feb. 2
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Campus Union Building (CUB) Lobby
Description: The Office of African America Affairs will be tabling and giving away prizes and entertaining the student body to commemorate the month.


Adama African Dance and Drum Ensemble

Date: Feb. 2
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Campus Union Building (CUB) Ballroom
Description: Adama African Dance Ensemble is an African dance and drum troupe established to inspire and educate our community about African Diaspora through history and tradition.


African Culture from a Nigerian's Perspective

Date: Feb. 5
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Campus Union Building (CUB) Pecos Room
Description: Rev. Charles Ugochukwu, Catholic priest from Nigeria, presently at St. Helen's Catholic Parish in Portales. His talk will describe the African culture especially as it relates to their beliefs, history, way of life, language, and the use of idioms and proverbs in their language.


Health Professions and African American Health

Date: Feb. 9
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Union Building (CUB) Pecos Room
Description: Toyese Oyeyemi Jr. is UNM's Health Extension Regional Officer (HERO) for statewide African American Health. Toyese's professional focus is on education, health equity and community advocacy. Born in Toronto, Canada to Yoruba immigrants from Nigeria. His presentation will concentrate on the social determinants and circumstances of black health. Also, academic and professional opportunities in healthcare.


Mr. and Ms. Black ENMU

Date: Feb. 11
Time: 11:30-12:30 (Voting), 12:45 Crowning
Location: Campus Union Building (CUB) Lobby
Description: Mr. and Ms. Black ENMU gives students with African American culture and knowledge an opportunity to compete and create posters depicting their African American culture. Winners will receive title, gift card, crown and a sash. Application Deadline: Feb. 2
Deadline to turn in Poster Board: Feb. 6
Pick up applications in the African American Affairs Office located in the Alley in the lower level of the Campus Union Building (CUB).


Reaching for the Stars: How Graduate School Expands Opportunities

Date: Feb. 17
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Union Building (CUB) Sandia Room
Description: Dr. Greene, College of Business professor, will compare employment statistics, as well as, employment opportunities for high school, college and graduate school graduates. Relevant information about how to choose a graduate School and obtain financing will be explored. Students will be given the opportunity to expand their opinions and ideas about future career choices.


The Black Project

Date: Feb. 19
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: College of Business (COB) 109
Description: The Black Project is presented by Alumnus Versia Hodges II. His presentation is designed to educate the underlining contraptions and inventions made by African American men and women used every day. Versia's hometown is Los Angeles, California. He earned his bachelor's in communication from ENMU in fall 2013, now he's a graduate student in the department of Communication pursuing a master's degree.


A Venture into the Jamaica Culture

Date: Feb. 24
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Union Building (CUB) Sandia Room
Description: This event will be presented by Kris-Ann Walters who was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and was later an ENMU Track athlete. She will cover a brief history of Jamaica and give a "taste" of the proud culture that influenced her life. She will also discuss her experiences while living in Jamaica and how their way of life has developed over the years.


Celebration of Gospel: Music that Revives

Date: Feb. 26
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Music Building (MB) Buchanan Hall
Description: Will Rabb, ENMU music performance student, will deliver a presentation about the true definition of gospel, its origin and history, and how it correlates with other Christian music. Afterwards, the choir of First Church of God in Christ will sing a few selected gospel songs.