It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Announcing the 3rd Annual New Mexico Black History Festival (February 5 – 23, 2014)
Traditionally, the most wonderful time of the year describes the holiday season where everyone (or most people) are remembering the joys of family, peace on earth and goodwill towards men. While we agree that the holiday season is wonderful, we are also extremely excited to host the 3rd Annual New Mexico Black History Festival (February 5 -23, 2014). Our goal is to offer an African American history and culture intensive that provides a springboard for raising awareness and promoting interest in year-round activities and programs.
Why do we do it? Why is it important?
Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Negro Achievement Week in 1926 later expanded and renamed Black History Month, stated “we should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.” The entire reason that the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee exists and the reason that we produce an annual festival is to ultimately manifest Woodson’s vision. African American history is American history.
We do this work to create a community that is “at ease with the rich tapestry of human life and the desire amongst people to express their own identity in the manner they see fit.”(Kevin Bloor’s definition of multiculturalism (Feb 2010). The goal is to promote multiculturalism and if we can be a part of creating a community that works for everyone that puts the 3rd Annual New Mexico Black History Festival in the running not only for the most wonderful time of the year but also as one of New Mexico’s signature historical/culture events.
You can find out more information the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee, the 3rd Annual NM Black History Festival and year round community engagement at www.nmblackhistorymonth.com.
January Pre-festival events
Pre-festival events begin during the Martin Luther King Jr. festivities.
MLK Parade/March January 19 (sponsored by the State MLK Commission)
MLK Breakfast January 20 sponsored by Grant Chapel AME Church
UNM Africana Studies Black History Month Kickoff Brunch on January 29th.
These longstanding community events provide an entree in to a month of festival activities that are focused on arts and culture, cuisine, small business promotion, health and positive youth development.