UNM Afro-American Studies Program Celebrates 40 years in Documentary
Premier escreening at UNM Student Union Building Theater with founders as panelist
Albuquerque, Nm – 40 years agothis academic year, the University of New Mexico (UNM) was dealing with thesame turmoil the rest of the country was regarding race in America. Thedocumentary that the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs willpremiere at UNM on Wednesday, November 9th artfully presentsAlbuquerque’s place in the Civil Rights Movement.
Not solely thepurview of the southeastern United States, the struggle for full inclusion andfull representation was alive and well on the campus of the University of NewMexico in 1968. The documentary tells the history of the founding of Afro-AmericanStudies (Now two separate entities presently called Africana Studies and AfricanAmerican Student Services) at UNM from the perspective of the two studentswho initiated it (Barbara Brown-Simmons, J.D. and Sam W.D. Johnson, J.D.), UNM’sfirst African American Homecoming Queen (Ms. Mary Sue Gaines), UNM’s firstAfrican American Dean of Students, and the first two directors of theAfro-Studies Program (Dr. Charles Becknell Sr. and Dr. Harold Bailey.)
Dr. Harold Baileyis now the Executive Director of the New Mexico Office of African American Affairswhich acts Executive Producer on this documentary. “During the 1970’s there wasa student movement at the University of New Mexico that influenced change, andpromoted diversity and inclusion,” says Bailey. ”The documentary providesinformation about the Black Experience at UNM during that time and reflects thededication and commitment of those students responsible for the foundation oftoday’s program.”
Thefeature length documentary premiere will begin at noon in the Student UnionBuilding Theater. Admission is free and the event is co-sponsored by UNM BlackStudent Union and UNM African American Student Services. There will be a paneldiscussion after the screening with the student founders, first director andfirst associate dean of students. For more information visit www.oaaa.state.nm.us or call505.222.9405.
40th Anniversary of Afro-American Studies
Run time: 60minutes
Executive Producer: Dr. Harold Bailey, New Mexico Office of AfricanAmerican Affairs
Premiere Screening: Wed. Nov. 9th @ 12pm UNM Student Union Building Theater