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Unlock the Rich Tapestry of Black Excellence: NMSU’s Spectacular Lineup for Black History Month 2024 Revealed!

Unlock the Rich Tapestry of Black Excellence: NMSU's Spectacular Lineup for Black History Month 2024 Revealed!

New Mexico State University’s Black Programs and the Black Student Association revealed their plans for Black History Month during a recent announcement. The university encourages Aggies and community members to engage in various events throughout February.

Cecil Rose, Director of NMSU’s Black Programs, expressed enthusiasm for promoting creativity, scholarship, and innovation during African/African American/Black culture celebrations. The university aims to involve the community in commemorating Black History Month 2024.

The month-long celebration commenced with the Payoff Fashion Show at the Aggie Lounge in Corbett Center Student Union, organized by the Do What You Love student group and led by NMSU graduate student Darin McFadin. Following this, Black Programs arranged a trip to Albuquerque for the Black Cultural Conference at the University of New Mexico.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, NMSU’s Las Cruces campus will host a Black Love Movie Night, and NMSU Athletics plans to honor Anita Maxwell Skipper, the first Division I college basketball player, at a women’s basketball game. Additionally, a group screening of the Bob Marley biopic, “One Love,” and the “Bridging the Gap” variety show are among the scheduled events.

The university will recognize significant African American milestones during the “Celebrating the Firsts” ceremony, honoring McKinley Boston, Doris Hamilton, and others. A special recognition for Boston’s service will take place at the men’s basketball game. Moreover, an esports fundraiser and a visit by Justin Ballenger from Morehouse College are scheduled.

The month-long celebration will conclude with an event honoring Marsha P. Johnson, a pioneering Black transgender activist, and drag queen performer. Black Programs and LGBT+ Programs will co-host a craft night in her honor.

Throughout February, Zuhl Library will display “Books That Inspire,” featuring works by NMSU African American faculty and staff. Additionally, the NMSU Bookstore will sell Black History Month T-shirts, and community members are invited to design a logo for the upcoming Juneteenth celebration.

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