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 February 5 - 24 in 2013. There will be three weekends of events with activities for the whole family. Arts and Culture weekend runs February 7 -9; Rhythms & Quisine weekend runs February 15 - 16; and Body & Soul weekend runs February 23 - 24.
As a special bonus for the 2013 festival celebrations, you can win an all-expenses paid weekend to celebrate Black History month with a "staycation." The package includes two nights at the Doubletree, two tickets to see Dreamgirls with the after show reception, an after party "throwdown" with DJ and tickets for two to the Cotton Club gala. Tickets for the staycation raffle are $10. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (505) 256-9272.
Black History Month Kickoff Brunch, with Hill Harper
The UNM Africana Studies program celebrates Black History by having an annual brunch. This year's speaker is actor, author and advocate Hill Harper, who will speak about the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
When: 11 a.m., Saturday, January 26
Where: UNM SUB Ballroom, UNM Campus
Fade to Black
Loren Fletcher Nickerson shares reflections on life and living as an African American choreographer.
When: February 1, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: VSA North Fourth Arts
Cost: $15, $10 students/seniors (cash only)
Flag Raising Ceremony
Black History month begins at UNM with a flag raising ceremony. Meet at 11 a.m. at African American Student Services (AASS) and walk to Scholes Hall for the flag raising. A tour of the recently remodeled AASS will take place after the flag raising.
When: February 1 at 11 a.m.
Where: UNM campus, African American Student Services
Join the Africana Leadership Opportunity Team in front of Mesa Vista Hall every Tuesday and Thursday during Black History month, where speeches, poetry, and words of significant blacks can be heard. The style is Harlem Renaissance. Come and speak.
When: Noon to 2 p.m. February 5,7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
Where: UNM, Mesa Vista Hall
Sweet Potato Pie Contest
Enter for a chance to win at the 2nd annual sweet potato pie contest. Show off your culinary talents and win $200, $300 or $500. Participants will get discounted tickets to the Cotton Club event on February 15.
When: Entries due February 6; winners announced February 15
Where: Entries go to Ralph Bunche Elementary, 230 Truman on February 9, between 10 a.m. and noon.
Cost: $10 entry fee.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Everyone is invited to this event. There will be panels, information booths, entertainment, giveaways and a free dinner. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Marsha Martin, Executive Director of the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services in Washington, D.C.
When: February 7, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE
This cabaret chronicles the journey of African Americans from West Africa to today, with music, song, dance and spoken word. Local and Broadway talent will take the stage to perform.
When: February 8, 8 p.m.; doors open 7 p.m.
African American Day at State Capitol
The state legislature is in session; visit the capitol for African American day.
When: February 8
Where: State Capitol, Santa Fe
The reception honors this year's sponsors of the Black History Month Festival.
When: February 12, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Doubletree Hotel, 201 Marquette NW
Cotton Club Refined
The 2nd Annual Cotton Club Gala features delicious eats and amazing entertainment treats. Multiplatinum, award-winning artist Cece Peniston will supply the after dinner entertainment with a little help from New Mexico's own Cotton Club orchestra and special guest appearances by some of the best voices in the Southwest. Dress in your favorite Cotton Club attire. Discount tickets are available for participants of the Sweet Potato Pie contest.
When: Friday, February 15; Doors open at 7:30 pm
Where: Albuquerque Convention Center, Brazos Ballroom East Side
Dreamgirls & Red Carpet Reception
Experience Dreamgirls' first performance in the state of New Mexico! Dreamgirls is a captivating story about an up-and-coming 1960's girl group and the failures and successes they face on their way to fame. This Tony Award-winning musical will have you dancing in your seat as you hear unforgettable hits such as: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only!," and "Listen."
The Red Carpet Reception is hosted by the Albuquerque Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Eat a little bit of dessert and mix and mingle with the Dreamgirls cast.
When: Saturday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Popejoy Hall; reception is upstairs in Rodey Theater after the show.
Cost: Discount tickets are available. Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org; the red carpet reception is free.
CommUnity Throwdown Dance Party
DJ Hugh the Cool, who spins at First Fridays, will play music for this special event.
When: February 16, 9 p.m. - midnight
Where: Doubletree Hotel, Crystal Ballroom
Diversity: A Myth in Educational Institutions
Dr. Harold Bailey will speak about the educational system, and how public schools and institutions of higher learning do not embrace diversity. For more information, visit Health Sciences Center Diversity. When: February 20
Where: UNM, Domenici building, west room 3010 Cost:
The Black Hole Art Exhibit
The UNM Africana Leadership Opportunity Tea and Third World Outliers will host an art show on a variety of themes.
When: March 5, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: UNM SUB Atrium
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.
When: Saturday, February 23, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Albuquerque Convention Center Convention Center, Lower Level Westside
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. First prize winner receives $1000. Arrive Saturday, January 26th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Metropolitan Temple 1120 2nd St in Albuquerque to audition in person. Have one song prepared to sing a capella.
Or just come watch the best New Mexico gospel singers compete for the chance to win $1000.
When: Saturday, January 26th; auditions from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; competition at 3 p.m.
Where: Auditions at Metropolitan Temple, 1120 2nd Street; competition/show at Hiland Theater
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.