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Four-part virtual series to celebrate Black History Month in NM

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ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Office of African American Affairs has announced it will be hosting a four-part virtual series in honor of Black History Month, “highlighting New Mexico through a Black lens with ‘A Celebration of Our Culture: Black History Today,’” according to a press release issued Monday.

Community organizations from around the state will be hosting events and initiatives throughout the month in celebration of Black History Month.

Additional details and event information can be found on the Office of African American Affairs website (https://www.oaaa.state.nm.us/a-celebration-of-our-culture-black-history-today/) and on the office’s social media.

“New Mexico is proud to recognize February as Black History Month, celebrating and honoring the rich history of New Mexico’s African-American community,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “I strive every day to lead an administration that values and prioritizes racial equity in a multicultural New Mexico and works to move the state forward to create a safer and more prosperous future for every New Mexican.

“I join the Office of African American Affairs in celebrating Black History Month and invite all New Mexicans to learn about the history and contributions of African Americans throughout our state.”

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Office of African American Affairs director Amy Whitfield said, “Black History Month is a time to reflect, honor and celebrate the individuals who have worked diligently for the freedoms of African Americans. New Mexico has a unique perspective to share, and we are proud honor those in our state who have participated in this work.

“As we continue to fight for equity for African Americans throughout New Mexico, we must recognize the hard work, dedication and tenacity of those who came before us.”