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Kick-Off Black History Month, with a LIVE virtual performance from the amazing Zuzu African Acrobats! They will showcase their traditional Tanzanian acrobatic skills set to high energy beats! This group has been featured on Americaâs Got Talent, the Superbowl and many more! We want to take you away from the U.S and transport you to experience Tanzania!
Ken Nwadike Jr. is a peace activist, motivational speaker, and video journalist known as the Free Hugs Guy. Nwadike Jr is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which produces motivational videos to spread love, inspire change, and raise awareness of social issues. In this fun, creative and interactive program Ken brings his virtual âFree Hugs Projectâ to engage attendees in conversations of understanding, and compassion amidst the rising tide of hatred and racism. Kenâs keynote address explores the power of positive human interaction and ways to bridge the racial divide by spreading love. The goal of this program is to create unity, civility, and build a more diverse and inclusive culture on campus.
There will be a statewide collegiate virtual CROWN ACT Townhall which UNM will be the main host. The CROWN Act stands for (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair). The CROWN Act was created in 2019 by Dove https://www.dove.com/us/en/home.html and the CROWN Coalition to ensure protection against discrimination based on race-based hairstyles by extending statutory protection to hair texture and protective styles such as braids, locs, twists, and knots in the workplace and public schools. The goal of the townhall is to educate collegiate women on the history of Black Hair and allow for discussion amongst your peers to share their experiences and learn how to get involved if interested.
Jim Harvey, Executive Director of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, will shed light on the deep and lasting relationships between the performing arts experience and civil rights struggles that remain to modern day. The turn of the twentieth century in this country, saw a rapid rise of Blacks, many of whom were former slaves, turning towards creating a new niche in the entertainment industry. While heavily segregated, Black performers carved out a robust and broad range of musical and theatrical expression that was so successful, it became a brand in the African American Community.
Bettie Mae Fikes âVoiceâ of Selma, is a powerful songster. A musical genius of a storyteller. She will weave you into her story with her impromptu lyrics; caress you with that throaty, rich, velvety voiceâ¦until you believe you are the only one in the room. Bettie Mae Fikes began singing gospel with her mother at age 4 then, as a founding member of the Freedom Singers, began traveling with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Freedom Rights struggle. This is how she came to be known as the âVoiceâ of Selma. Ms. Fikes has graced the stages of Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, the Library of Congress, and numerous Blues Festivals throughout the country. She has performed with the likes of Joe Turner, Lightninâ Hopkins, Albert King and Bob Dillon, just to name a few.