Contact:
Letha Allen, 277-5644
Laurie Mellas-Ramirez, 277-5915

Jan. 11, 2002

UNM AFRICAN AMERICAN PROGRAMS SPONSOR BRUNCH, MUSIC COMPANY AND MORE IN OBSERVANCE OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

The University of New Mexico's African American programs will offer a variety of activities in observance of Black History Month.

Women of the Calabash will perform at the 17th Annual Black History Month Kickoff Brunch Saturday, Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Uptown Hotel. The UNM African American Studies Program sponsors the event, with support from African American Student Services, African American Staff-Faculty Council, Charlie Morrisey Research Hall and Black Student Union.

Formed in 1978, Women of the Clabash is cited as "Musicians Extraordinaire" by the National Council for Culture and Art and received the council's prestigious Monarch Merit Award. The company won a Blue Ribbon for Best Music Video in 1988 by the American Film Festival, a Cine 1994 Golden Eagle Award for composer and performer in the film "The Visit," and in 1997 was featured in an HBO Black History Month profile.

Tickets for the brunch are $25. To reserve a space, call Letha Allen at 277-5644.

In observance of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a commemoration service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. at the UNM Alumni Chapel. A reception will follow at African American Studies, 4th floor, Mesa Vista Hall.

The UNM Charlie Morrisey Research Hall will have a reception Thursday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m., at the Albuquerque International Airport, lower level north entrance, for the exhibit "Black Presence in New Mexico, 1800-2002: A Visual Representation." The exhibit will be on display at the airport through Feb. 28.

The African American Student Services Center (AASS), 1130 Mesa Vista Hall, will host the following events:

Friday, Feb. 1: Flag Raising Ceremony at noon to honor Black American contributions to U.S. history. A reception will follow in African American student services (AASS) center.

Wednesday, Feb. 6: Health Awareness Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Johnson Center, Auxiliary Gym, featuring a day of information and activities to heighten awareness and provide proactive approaches toward healthier living. Relevancy Inc., co-sponsor.

Friday, Feb. 8: "The Color of Fear" film at 5:30 p.m. at AASS. A discussion about the film's group of ethnically diverse men who must face themselves and their realities follows.

Saturday, February 9: A night of jazz with music and dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Dane Smith Hall Atrium. Jazz City featuring Rodney Block and his funky trumpet. UNM Dean of Students Office, primary sponsor.

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Debate on the war on terrorism at noon at AASS. Don't miss a chance to express who is right - who is wrong - who is misinformed?

Friday, Feb. 15: Poetry and Art Show from 7 to 9 p.m. at AASS. Free expression shared by student and community poets with an exhibit of authentic African, Haitian & Black American art.

Saturday, Feb. 16: Gospel Music Fest from 7 to 10 p.m. at Woodward Hall, rm. 101, featuring Albuquerque's best church gospel choirs. Admission: $3 (Tickets go on sale Jan. 14 at AASS)

Friday, Feb. 22: "The Way Home," film presentation at 5:30 p.m. at AASS. Discussion follows: As Women - where does our commonality blur?

Saturday, Feb. 23: High School Step Team competition from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Continuing Education Auditorium. Featuring teams from Albuquerque area high schools. A raffle will follow the presentation of awards. Admission: $3 raffle ticket (Student ID Required). UNM Rhythm Cartel, co-sponsor.

Tuesday, Feb. 27: Black History Month Closing Reception at noon at AASS. Dean of Students & the Charlie Morrisey Research Hall, co-sponsors.

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