Black History Month

CNM is proud to highlight the contributions African Americans have made to civilization in the areas of Health & Science, Math, Art & Literature, Music, Theatre, and Innovation.

Black History and Culture at CNM

Are you interested in starting a student club related to Black History Month, Black Student activities, or Black culture? Learn more about how to start a student club.

The faculty and staff on the Black History Month Committee would be very happy to help you with logistics and serving as an advisor. Please contact or

2021 Black History Month Events

Black Story/Black Song

Videos featuring eight Black educational presenters (all New Mexico residents) speaking on various topics for approximately 5 minutes each covering eight subject areas: Literature, Art, Science, Hip Hop, N.M. History, Poetry, African Ancestry, and Civil Rights (as well as a teacher packet PDF with eight lesson plans).

February 2021


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Hoppin’ John Cooking Demonstration

A dish with rice, black-eyed peas, and meat prepared by CNM’s very own Charnia Parrish, cookbook author and Associate Director in Connect Services. Black-eyed peas are traditionally eaten on the first day of the year for good luck.

February 10, 2021

9:30 a.m. (MT)

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Discussion with Albuquerque Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen


February 10, 2021

4 p.m. (MT)

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Cajun Creamed Pasta with Blackened Shrimp Cooking Demonstration

Le Kesh Catering will be demonstrating how to prepare Cajun Creamed Pasta with Blackened Shrimp. Cajun and Creole food are a blend of the various cultures of New Orleans including Italian, Spanish, African, German, Caribbean, Native American, and Portuguese. Selected in 2016 Chicago as a finalist for MasterChef, Lekeshia Wilson’s Southern roots and upbringing created her passion for fresh food that packs an undeniable flavor punch. Living in Flint, Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas has provided multi-national exposure and heightened her food combinations through many different flavor palettes. Her cooking experience includes running a catering company, being the creative force behind large-scale wedding events, a hired personal chef, and conducting cooking tutorials. Her style of cooking has been coined as Mexi-Creole, a colorful and fun style for creative dishes where Cinco De Mayo meets Mardi Gras. Lekeshia is the author of the cookbook, Le Kesh: Mexi-Creole Style Cuisine, which she cannot keep in stock along with her four amazing Le Kesh blended spices. (bio synopsized from here).

February 10, 2021

4 p.m. (MT)

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Movie Trivia Happy Hour

Come Test Your Knowledge!

February 18, 2021

5 p.m. (MT)

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Thank you to the following organizations for their support and work:

  • CNM Black History Month Committee
  • CNM Black Student Union
  • CNM Cares Council
  • CNM Equity Council
  • CNM Executive Council of Student
  • UNM Black Student Affair

Black History Information from the CNM Library

Black History Month Posters

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