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Black History Month in Albuquerque


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Albuquerque Black History month promotes multiculturalism and increases awareness of the many contributions African Americans have made to New Mexico.

Albuquerque Black History month kicks off with a brunch sponsored by the UNM Africana Studies program. Like the rest of the nation, Albuquerque celebrates the contributions and achievements of African Americans.

The New Mexico Black History Month Festival runs through February. There will be three weeks of events with activities for the whole family. Arts and Culture week runs February 5 -9; Rhythms & Cuisine weekend runs February 14 - 16; and Body & Soul weekend runs February 21 - 23.

Kickoff Brunch: Sybrina Fulton
Mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton will speak. Since the death of her son in 2012, Fulton has become a spokesperson for parents and concerned citizens across the country, turning her grief into advocacy.
When: January 25, 11 a.m.
Where: UNM Student Union, Ballrooms A-C

New Mexico Gospel Best Competition Auditions
Are you a member of a gospel choir, a praise group, or just a natural gospel singer? This is your chance to share your voice and talent with New Mexico! Show New Mexico what you’ve got at the New Mexico’s Gospel Best Competition, where the first prize winner receives $1000. 
When: February 2, 6 p.m.
Where: Auditions at Metropolitan Temple, 1120 2nd Street; competition/show at Hiland Theater
Cost: Free

Rise Now!
Join the night of intergenerational dialogue and community. Activists and community members will share stories of struggle and solidartiy. There will be a silent auction to benefit youth in the community. Contact africanaalot@gmail.com or (505) 319-9434 for more information.
When: February 5, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: UNM Student Union Ballroom A & B

The Wiz
See the acclaimed Broadway musical The Wiz, being staged by Rainbow Studio Theater. The re-telling of the L. Frank Baum Wizard of Oz tale is the flagship event of Black History Month.
When:  Performances February 5 - 9 (5-7 for school students; public performances 7-9)
Where: African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE
Cost: $22.50 for public shows

Annotated Spirituals
A performance by Anthony Brown.
When: February 6, 4 p.m.
Where: UNM, Student Union Building, Fiesta A & B
Cost: Free

National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day
Community members are invited to learn more about trends in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. There will be free and anonymous rapid HIV testing, information booths and entertainment. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
When: February 6, 6 p.m.
Where: 1025 Broadway, South Broadway Cultural Center

Anti-Racism Day at the Capitol
Anti-Racism day in New Mexico is a reminder that work remains in the fight for equality. Celebrate the day at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, where there will be a presentation for essay contest winners at 10 a.m. on the Senate floor. At 1:30 p.m., Albuquerque's first poet laureate, Hakim Bellamy, will be the master of ceremonies at the celebration. Transportation will be provided; if interested, contact NMAFC at (505) 717-2877.
When: February 7
Where: Santa Fe at the Roundhouse

Taste of Soul Week
During the week you’ll have the opportunity to check out some of the amazing Black owned restaurants and catering throughout Albuquerque. Have a taste for soul food or BBQ? No matter what your taste buds crave, these businesses have you covered: Chez Axel, Frank's Famous Chicken and Waffles, Jambo Cafe, Nexus Brewery, Peppers Ole Fashion BBQ, Tango Cafe, Waffle House.
When: Februrary 9 - 16
Where: Participating restaurants

Imagine: Different
Join the poetic conversation with creative writer Anton Niblett.
When: February 11, 4 p.m.
Where: UNM Student Union Building, Fiesta A & B
Cost: Free.

Cotton Club Gala - Mardis Gras Mambo
The third annual Cotton Club Gala: Mardi Gras Mambo brings New Orleans to Albuquerque for a night of food and music infused with Harlem Renaissance flavor. Musical guests include the New Orleans Lagniappe Brass Band and Albuquerque's own DJ Flo Fader.
When: February 15, 8 p.m.
Where: Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 Second Street NW
Cost: $30 or $300 per table; $5 of each ticket benefits Judith Harris Scholarship Fund

Taste of Soul Sunday Dinner
Come out for a dinner just like your mama used to make. This one has live performances featuring some of your favorite African American musicians from the around the Q and DJ Johnny spinning some old school jams. Food will be provided by participating restaurants from the Taste of Soul promotion – get a little of this and a little of that and have a whole lot of fun.
When: February 16, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Navajo Elks Club, 1521 Broadway SE
Cost: $15, $5 of each ticket supports the Prince Hall Masons Scholarship Fund.

Reel Talk for Real Change
This workshop for middle and high school students was created by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. African American history is American history, and what you know about the past can help create a better future for everyone. The lively, interactive discussion roundtables will help create a youth civil rights agenda to share with elected officials and leaders. If you are a student or know a student who is interested in participating in Reel Talk for Real Change call 505.407.6784.
When: February 19 and 20

Watermelon! Watermelon! Got em red to the rind: African American Women Street Vendors and their Performances with Food
With Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson. 
When: February 20, 4 p.m.
Where: UNM Zimmerman Library, Walters Room
Cost: Free.

STEM Festival
The 1st Annual S.T.E.M. Festival will be a day of mind and body. Dr. Ruby Lathon, a scientist turned holistic health practitioner will be the keynote speaker and the event will feature some of the leading health experts, engineers and scientists in the region. The event is free and continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
When: February 22, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 Second Street

WorkItOut Day
Regardless if you are a workout guru or someone who hasn't worked out in years, you will find something at this event. Come in your workout gear and see guests such as: Ernestine Shepherd, "The Worlds Oldest Bodybuilder," C.J. Senter, The WorkItOut Kid, and Reverend Michael Minor, as they give tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Other guests include: The Sankofa Wellness Institute, Local New Mexico Personal trainers, the Department of Health, and Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico. Free lunch provided. Takes place in conjunction with the STEM Festival.
When: Saturday, February 22, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Albuquerque Convention Center Convention Center, Lower Level Westside
Cost: Free.

Best Gospel Competition
Curator Rosalind Sanders Jones returns for the 3rd year and is spearheading an interfaith ensemble called New Mexico One Choir in addition to the search for New Mexico’s best gospel performer. Performers can be individuals or groups.  Everyone is invited to be a part of the interfaith choir. This is a free event.
When: Februrary 23, 3 p.m.
Where: Convention Center Kiva Auditorium, 401 Second Street

Students Share Their Stories
UNM's young, gifted and black share what it is like being a McNair Scholar.
When: February 27, 4 p.m.
Where: UNM Student Union Building, Fiesta A & B

Fade to Black Fashion Show
The Powerful Movement of Educated Sisters will host a fashion show fundraiser at the UNM SUB. Doors open at 7 p.m. and cost is $10. For more information, call (505) 277-5645.
When: February 28, 7 p.m.
Where: UNM Student Union Building, Ballrooms A&B

Cowboys of Color Rodeo
See the show at the New Mexico Expo.
When: March 22, 6 p.m.
Where: Tingley Coliseum, NM Expo


Some of the first settlers of Albuquerque were African-Americans, making Albuquerque one of the few North American cities whose founders included those of African descent. Read about the early settling of Albuquerque.

State of New Mexico Office of African American Affairs

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