August 20 @ 8pm
Isleta Casino Amphitheatre Albuquerque, NM

August 30 @ 7:30pm
Sandia Casino

 Albuquerque, NM


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African American Performing

Arts Center

310 San Pedro NE Albuquerque, NM

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400 Years of Freedom and Restrictions Presentation - Sherri Burr Book Signing - Michael Hearndon Gatekeepers Concert

Albuquerque, NM

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Sherri Burr, Complicated Lives: Free Blacks in Virginia, 1619-1865

Joining the World in Commemorating 400 Years of Resilience: 

Message: You may already know that 2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the first documented captured and enslaved Africans arriving in the United States. This is a year of reflection on the past and anticipation of an enhanced future. This important milestone is being acknowledged globally and coordinated statewide. We hope you will join the community in commemorating 400 years of survival of the descendants based on remarkable resilience. There are three activities within the next month; we think you will be uplifted by all of them. 

Saturday, August 24 4 pm
Middle Passage Ceremony: Symbolic Return to Our African Roots
“Over the Water We Came – Over the Water We Shall Return” (Spoken by Igbo people who chained and drowned themselves rather than remain enslaved in 1803)
Procession to the Rio Grande: From Tingley Beach (first entrance)
* Ceremonially and traditionally, people wear white *
Participants will place handmade Clay Ancestors on a handmade bio friendly raft and symbolically we will return their souls home to Africa.
Afterward, we will Share Sweets to Counter the Bitterness

Sunday, August 25 2 pm
International Simultaneous Day of Healing
In Homage to Our Ancestors for Their Resilience and Power
Screening of Film: Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder (PTSD) by Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary
With a Community Discussion Led By Mrs. Rita Powdrell & Mr. Ralph Steele
African American Performing Arts Center,
310 San Pedro, Albuquerque (State Fairgrounds)

Sunday, September 1 2 pm
Unveiling of Permanent Exhibit: 400 Years Beyond 1619
Holocaust and Intolerance Museum of New Mexico
616 Central Ave. SW, Albuquerque

There will be more activities later in this year and through August 2020. We will look forward to sharing these commemorative events with you. Thank you.  PEACE, New Mexico African American Resilience Committee 

Please call if you have questions:  Contacts: (505) 867-5340  (505) 867-0857

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Dies at 88

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21 Of Toni Morrison's Most Powerful Quotes

Albuquerque Rio Rancho Juneteenth Celebrations

Civic Plaza 

Kirtland Park

Rio Rancho

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Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker, Champion in Four Boxing Classes, Dies at 55

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Multicultural Council Scholorship 

Applications must be postmarked by September 9, 2016. High school seniors may apply for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Multicultural Council Scholarship. The scholarships are $1,000 each for high school seniors who are planning on entering college in 2017. 

Those selected in October as scholarship recipients will be honored on Monday, January 16, 2017 during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council’s 27th Annual Celebration. The form can be downloaded from our website: US Mail scholarship application to: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council, PO Box 40306, Albuquerque, NM 87196 

Students are responsible for writing an essay. This essay is based on the images that are on the application forms. In the essay the students should articulate their understanding of civil rights, diversity and community, along with describing how Dr. King’s messages continue to have a powerful influence on society as well as their individual lives. When the students have completed and sent application via US mail, notify Jewel Hall that it has been sent: 

Former New Mexico State Aggie Pascal Siakam wins NBA Most Improved Award

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The Untold Story Of D-Day’s Heroic African-American Soldiers

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The story of African Americans on D-Day

Black soldiers on D-Day: “We Were There.”

A Distant Shore African Americans of D Day

Apply now for $1 Million in Minority Business Fundiing
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West Point to graduate record number of African American women

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Michael K. Williams & Marsha Stephanie Blake On New Netflix Series, ‘When They See Us’

Morehouse College grads are surprised by a billionaire's promise to pay off their student loans

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5 things to know about Morehouse donor Robert F. Smith

Soul West Fest is a gathering for the new age of information and storytelling that brings together visionaries across the industries and diverse audiences. Soul West Fest champions emerging and established voices, showcasing award-winning urban films and filmmakers, soul music, culture and new technology through premieres, exhibitions, talks and live performances.

Deadlines to submit projects for Soul West Fest 2019 are as follows: • May 1 – Submission OpenJuly 31 Deadline for features, short films, minis and web series submissions. • August 15 - Notification of Selected FilmsOctober 11-13, 2019 – Soul West Fest 2019 

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3 black women win Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America

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African American History Timeline

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NASA renames facility for real-life 'Hidden Figures' hero Katherine Johnson 

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Estevanico the Moor

Estevanico, who’s known by many other names, including Estebanico, Esteban and Esteban  explored present-day Texas, New Mexico and Arizona with Spanish conquistadors is credited with being the first person of African descent to enter the American Southwest .

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Grant Chapel AME Church 23rd Annual Commemorative Breakfast 

Albuquerque, NM

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Scott Carreathers appointed Executive Director of Office of African American Affairs

William Scott Carreathers, director of African American Student Services at the University of New Mexico, to head the state Office of African American Affairs. He has previously worked as an associate dean and has advised students and student groups.

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Mary Kenner - Inventor

Mary Kenner was an African-American inventor who revamped the world of feminine care with the invention of the sanitary belt (aka the maxi pad). Though her invention attracted multiple feminine hygiene companies, it was rejected by most when they realized Mary was African-American. Unfortunately, the maxi pad wasn’t patented until 30 years after its creation. Nevertheless, Mary went on to patent other household items including the bathroom tissue holder, a back washer that mounted on the wall of the shower, and the carrier attachment on walkers for disabled people. 

Surprise! We need the federal government.

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What are the different federal agencies?

Deb Haaland Takes Historic Oath of Office, Becomes One of the First Native American Women in Congress

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Video Captures Moment First Native American Congresswomen In History
Share Tearful Hug After Being Sworn In

This powerful, history-making photo is pure fire, and people can't get enough of it

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Latest Hairstyles For Women

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25 Best Haircuts For Black Men 

Black Fashion Designers Models & More

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List of most influential Blacks in Technology

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America’s oldest man, World War II veteran, dies at 112

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The 9 Top Business Advice Stories For Black Entrepreneurs

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The SBA Granted Black Women Over $160 Million in Business Loans in 2018 

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Miss America 2019 Nia Imani Franklin

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10 Tips to Help Family Members of Addicts Cope

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Junior Board of Directors

US Eagle Federal Credit Union invites students in high school and college, ages 16-24 to join the Junior Board of Directors. Learn about serving on a corporate board of directors and how a financial institution serves and supports it community. For more information and to obtain an application, call Maggie Tannen at (505) 342-8883. 

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Featured University: New Mexico Highlands University 

Located in historic Las Vegas, New Mexico, with locations in Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Farmington and Albuquerque, Highlands University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences as well as comprehensive programs in business, teacher education, and social work. Our mission is to serve students through personal attention. We maintain open enrollment, small classes, and cost-effective tuition. We are known nationally for research activities, student and faculty achievement, and opportunities for students to combine study with real-world experience. Highlands students come from 42 states, 19 tribes, and 35 foreign countries!

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THE 16 Best Black Podcasts This Year

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West Point gets first African-American Superintendent in 216 year history

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Who is an ‘African American’? Definition evolves as USA does

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70's Celebration Let's Stay Together

Hosted by:  Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church Marriage Ministry

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Black Youth Made Their Presence Felt At The 'March For Our Lives' Rally

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Naomi Wadler Reminds 'March For Our Lives' Rally To Honor Black Girls Too

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Granddaughter Shares Her Dream Of A 'Gun Free World'

How Black Barbershops Save The Livevs Of African American Men

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How Facebook ‘Steals & Sells’ Your Private Information

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How to protect your data from being harvested on Facebook

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: Data could have come from more than 87 million users, be stored in Russia

Africa - Cradle of Civilization

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“The ancient name of Africa was Alkebulan. Alkebu-lan "mother of mankind" or "garden of eden". Alkebulan is the oldest and the only word of indigenous origin. It was used by the Moors, Nubians, Numidians, Khart-Haddans (Carthagenians), and Ethiopians.

Mansa Musa: The Richest Man to Have Ever Lived

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10 Black Women News Anchors Who Paved The Way In Broadcast Journalism

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Bitcoin Investing: Golden Opportunity or Fool’s Gold?

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Meet the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Black-Owned Companies

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Civil-Rights Protests Have Never Been Popular

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The Woman Who Created #MeToo Long Before Hashtags

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Helping Veterans and their families to achieve stable housing, financial security, and a renewed sense of community. 


Free and Enslaved Blacks | Star Spangled Banner Historical Trail

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‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and Slavery

Military history of African Americans

Black Heroes in Every War

15 Black Military Heroes Through the Years

5 Black Military Heroes You Need to Know - VFW Southern Conference

Adam and I found that there were not many resources to help guide Christian singles on how to court to be married, so they went to the world for help finding a husband or wife. We’ve created a step-by-step guide for Christian courting. This guide helps Christian singles have confidence in who God created them to be, their value, knowing their intentions for courting, creating their expectations for a husband or wife, building boundaries for emotional strength and ending a courtship. By using these guides you will have a Godly foundation to court to be marriage.

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Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was the first black church in New Mexic - See more at:

Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was the first black church in New Mexico - See more at:
Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was the first black church in New Mexico - See more at:
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Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was the first black church in New Mexico - See more at:
Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was the first black church in New Mexico - See more at:
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"We provide loans and assistance to improve the economic and social conditions of New Mexicans."

Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was the first black church in New Mexico - See more at:
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Grant Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church was the first black church in New Mexic - See more at:

Reintegration Services is a community based fee free program that refers individuals to organizations that provide comprehensive educational and training services to Returning Citizens/Ex-Offenders.

Reintegration Referral Services provided include: 

Psychological Assessments-Family Counseling-Anger Management-Housing

GED Preparation-Health Insurance-Restoration of Voting Rights-Vocational Training

Child Support-Healthy Marriage Concepts-Spiritual/Religious Contacts upon Requests

Entrepreneurial Opportunities-Responsible Parenting-Mentorship Program

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Questionable Police Actions

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Police doing good deeds

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National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers, Inc.

National Black Police Association (NBPA)

Wings For L.I.F.E. – Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education, is an empowerment program that provides life-skills, education, training, and support for family members/caregivers of prisoners (returning citizens) and at-risk youth. Some of the educational topics that are addressed include single parenting, finances – how to stretch a dollar, discipline, acceptance issues, prison visits, feeding a family, substance abuse and signs, reintegration and reunification issues, legal issues, public defenders, work/job issues, holidays, and anything else of interest to the group. Search Institute’s® 40 Developmental Assets® are incorporated into the training. 

In our society where children are all at risk in one way or another, children whose parent(s) are in prison face even more challenges.

Everyone is welcome at our FREE meetings. There is a Pre-K and After-dinner Tutoring Program for the children.

If you’d like to know more about Wings we are offering a Volunteer Training session on Jan. 30, Monday night, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at 2015 Wyoming Blvd NE Suite J. Please RSVP so we have enough chairs. THANKS!

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2017 Wings For L.I.F.E. schedule







Young Black Professionals of Albuquerque

Ta-Nehisi Coates


Although their total numbers in New Mexico were never large, blacks arrived with Spanish explorers and settlers and played active roles in the history of the territory and state.

Michelle invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that shaped her.

Nance examines why Putin and his underlings aimed to sabotage the election and how the hacking accomplished a crucial first step for destabilizing the West. 

Sociologist and political commentator Dyson delivers a piercing and wide-ranging analysis of American race relations.

Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African-American Experience 

"Soul Food Advisor" shares more than 150 family recipes from Big Mama s Neck Bone Soup to Harrell s own low-cholesterol, low-sodium Country Black-eyed Peas and Okra. 

The editors have attempted to collect every poem (860 in all) published by the writer in his lifetime.

Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation,Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas.

50 Books Every Black Teen Should Read

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