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Variety of Activities Highlight CNM’s Black History Month Celebrations

February 5, 2015 -- CNM is celebrating Black History Month this February with a variety of activities ranging from a soul food cooking class to a discussion of a controversial documentary that claims slavery didn’t end with the Emancipation Proclamation.
Variety of Activities Highlight CNM’s Black History Month Celebrations

Jul 17, 2015

“This is the first time CNM is having a whole month of celebrations,” said Nichole Rogers, head of the team organizing the college’s Black History Month activities. “We are so excited to have the opportunity to highlight the amazing things our culture has to offer.”

CNM kicked off the month Feb. 1 with a sold-out soul food cooking class. CNM Chef Peter Witter walked participants through step-by-step preparation instructions and they went home with food and recipes. The students used the college’s state-of-the-art kitchens in Robert P. Matteucci Hall to prepare the food.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, from 2-4:30 p.m., excerpts of the film “Slavery by Another Name” will be shown, followed by a panel discussion in the Student Resource Center, Room 204. The film is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of America’s most cherished assumptions – the belief that slavery in the country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, the film contends that forced labor lasted well into the 20th Century.

The film will be followed by a robust discussion and catered food from the Santa Fe restaurant Jambo Café.

Colorful and informative 24- by 36-inch Black History Month posters will be placed in popular locations on all CNM campuses to highlight the many contributions African Americans have made to American culture. The posters will focus on inventors, mathematicians, musicians, historical facts, scientists, writers and artists. The CNM Black History Celebration Committee chose the topics of the posters, while the Marketing and Communications Office designed them.

The Black History Celebration Committee worked with the New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee and the Office of African American Affairs to plan CNM’s Black History Month activities.

See the posters and read more about CNM’s Black History Month here.