Black History Month

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Black History Month Posters

The Black History Month 2023 theme, “Black Resistance”, delves into the various forms of resistance and opposition that Black Americans have employed throughout history in response to discrimination, oppression, and racism.

One of the most well-known examples of black resistance is the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, which was led by figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hammer, and Ella Baker, to name a few. The movement challenged segregation and discrimination in the United States.

Black resistance also includes the resistance of enslaved people who rebelled or ran away from slavery. Throughout the history of slavery in the United States, there were several slave revolts, although most were unsuccessful due to the lack of coordination, resources, and the repression by slave masters. The most famous slave rebellion in the US was the Nat Turner rebellion in 1831, where a group of enslaved people led by Nat Turner killed over 60 white people in Virginia.

Another form of resistance was to escape on what was known as the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman is considered to be one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. Tubman, who escaped in 1849 did 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people.

Black resistance has played a crucial role in shaping American history and continues to be a vital force in the ongoing struggle for racial justice and equality.

As CNM celebrates Black Resistance, The Black History Month Committee also would like to promote wellness in the Black community. Black Americans are generally at higher risk for heart diseases, stroke, cancer, asthma, diabetes, influenza, pneumonia, and HIV/AIDS.


2023 EVENTS

February 3 
Event Title: Cooking Demo with Dionne Rodgers 
Location: RPM 109 & Virtual 
Time: 3:30 p.m. 
Description: Dionne will teach how to bake a peach cobbler.

February 6 
Event Title: How to Wear Your Crown w/ Nina Farrow 
Location: Montoya – Richard Barr 
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Description: Nina Farrow will be discussing the Crown Act, other matters concerning black hair, and answering questions from the audience.

February 8  
Event Title: CPR and Heart Wellness Class 
Location: S210 
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. 
Description: Please join Michael Faulhaber teach a CPR course and highlight the discrepancies that exist within the African American community regarding cardiac arrest survival rates. Space is limited; register now!

February 10 
Event Title: African American Day at the Legislature
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Description: This is a statewide event on the legislative process, information on the Acts and Bills passed which specifically impact the African American community, a dynamic guest speaker, resources for our African American youth, and food and entertainment. For more information, or if you would to participate, please contact Martin Olea at molea1@cnm.edu or (505) 224-3000 ext. 54539.

February 15 
Event Title: Fitness/ Wellness Class
Location: TC 113-115
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Description: Please join CNM’s very own Elias Romero lead a group workout and discuss physical fitness, basic nutrition, and goal setting.

February 16
Event Title: Storytelling With Sara Addison, aka Juba Griot Storyteller
Location: SRC 204
Time: 11 a.m. - Noon 
Description: Sara Addison, aka Juba Griot, is an award-winning storyteller, inspirational speaker, and teaching artist. She was born in the Mississippi Delta, raised on a farm in Kansas, and now resides in Las Cruces, NM. She does not merely tell a tale with words, she uses music and gestures to transport her listeners to different worlds. She weaves world history, folklore, and fairy tales through her timeless stories. In addition, Juba's stories teach about cultural identity and diversity, allowing individuals to connect and learn from each other's differences, social responsibilities, and spirituality. Please join Sara, aka Juba Griot, in telling the story of Fannie Lou Hammer.

February 21 
Event Title: Black American History in Albuquerque 
Location: Information to come
Time: Noon to 1 p.m. 
Description: A walk to the cemetery to learn about some prominent Black Americans from New Mexico.

February 22 
Event Title:  Black to the Future: Sci-Fi Visions of Resistance and Resilience Through Cultural Production 
Location: SRC 204 
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Description: Dr. Mays from UNM will talk about the author Octavia Butler's legacy, how she was ahead of her time when she wrote her books in the 1970s, and how her books are still relevant in today’s time.

February 28 
Event Title: Guided Meditation with Alonna Terrazas 
Location: Market Place 301 
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Description: A brief overview of wellness and mindfulness, along with a guided meditation.