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Highlands University presents two symposiums about New Mexico’s African American Legacy this Saturday and Feb. 9.
Saturday’s symposium is titled The Migration of African Americans to Northern New Mexico.
The Feb. 9 symposium is titled The Impact of the African American Athlete on New Mexico Highlands University. Both symposiums are from 1 to 3 p.m. in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave.
The symposiums, in collaboration with the African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico, coincide with the pictorial history exhibit, New Mexico’s African American Legacy – Visible, Vital and Valuable, on display through Feb. 21 at the university’s Ray Drew Gallery in Donnelly Library. February is Black History Month.
“These symposiums will offer insight into the contributions of the New Mexico African American community to the rich history of Northern New Mexico and its culture,” said Bob Read, curator for the Ray Drew Gallery and the university’s fine arts librarian. “This exhibit sheds light on a little-discussed and important part of the state’s history. The exhibit has a powerful impact when you enter the gallery.”
The African American Museum and Cultural Center of New Mexico developed the exhibit and the symposiums. Rita Powdrell is the cultural center board president.
“This exhibit focuses on the African American migration to New Mexico after the Civil War,” Powdrell said.