By Leona Davis-Brown
February is Black History Month (also known as National African American History Month) which is a time when Americans look back over the years and celebrate the many contributions made to our nation, as well as the world, from people with African descent.
It is an honor to learn about interesting figures like Thomas Jennings who is known for being the first African American ever to receive a patent for his invention of “dry-scouring,” what is known today as dry cleaning; and Shirley Chisholm, who became the first black female elected to be a U.S. Representative as the Congresswoman for New York.
These stories are rich with triumph and dignity during difficult times and now their achievements are recognized and celebrated annually. Join in on the festivities at a number of performances, discussions and good ‘ol fashioned fun events happening this month in New Mexico.
The African American Performing Arts Center will be hosting “Roots Revival II: More Than A Song” February 5-7 and A Tribute to Motown Music on February 13th.
Santa Fe University of Art and Design will have an art opening of Remembering Mandela 2016 Saturday, February 6 at 5 p.m. It will be a tribute in Music, Theatre, Testimonies and a featured two-week art exhibition.
Every Thursday this month UNM’s African American Student Services will be showing “BLACKBUSTER” hits: Dear White People (02/11/16), Soul Food (02/18/16) and Straight Outta Compton (02/25/16).
Enjoy a night out at the Cotton Club Gala in the Expo New Mexico Youth Hall.
Or, check out some thought-provoking lectures at UNM with “Everybody Wants to be Black until it’s Time to be Black,” “Soul Food: A Culture of Survival,” and at the Santa Fe Community College, Why? – A presentation of Black History Month.
Take time to follow these organizations on their social profiles to stay up-to-date on all upcoming activities and events beyond February.
We are a multicultural community which supports each other and is glad to celebrate Black History Month together. To find more events going on this month check out the New Mexico Black History site.