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The Pre-Civil War Complicated Lives of People of African Descent

Mon, Jan 30, 2023, 12:00am - Thu, Feb 9, 2023, 12:00am

February 2nd, 2:00pm to 3:00pm, hosted by ENMU African American Affairs Office (ADDRESS)
February 8th, 5:00pm to 6:00pm, hosted by Taos Public Library (ADDRESS)
Join Professor Sherri Burr, the author of Complicated Lives: Free Blacks in Virginia, 1619-1865, for a discussion on how the arrival of Africans changed the Virginia colony and the country into a multi-racial community where legal rights were advanced and restricted. Unbeknownst to most Americans, Africans and Indians possessed rights to own land (which was never stripped) and to vote (up until 1723). Slavery evolved in convoluted legal manner that was challenged after the Revolutionary War as prominent slaveholders contemplated how they could continue to hold humans. Instead of slavery being eliminated following the colonists’ successful fight for their liberty from Britain, several events increased its hold on the county, including the outlawing of the international slavery trade and the Louisiana Purchase. This brought pain to Native Americans who were dispossessed of their land and to enslaved Africans sold to the Deep South. This history of race progression and regression has repercussions for today.

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Miguel Trujillo: New Mexico’s Unknown Civil Rights Hero

Mon, Jan 30, 2023, 12:00am - Sun, Feb 12, 2023, 12:00am

February 11th 2:00 to 4:00pm, hosted by the Jemez Springs Public Library* (ADDRESS)

*Venue may change, please check with Jemez Springs Public Library to find final venue.
New Mexico became a state in 1912, its constitution denied Indians the right to vote. In 1948, Miguel Trujillo, a WWII Marine veteran from Isleta Pueblo, sued New Mexico and obtained the right to vote for Indians of the state. This presentation tells his story. The presentation encourages an understanding of the background for denying Indians the right to vote in 1912 and encourages people to think beyond the Three Peoples myth—Indians, Hispanics, and Anglos living in harmony—to the reality of the struggle that began with the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and continues today.

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Black Poetry in New Mexico and Beyond

Mon, Jan 30, 2023, 12:00am - Fri, Feb 24, 2023, 12:00am

February 18th, 11:00am to 1:00pm, hosted by the Santa Fe Public Library (ADDRESS)
February 23rd, 7:00 to 8:00pm, hosted by Mesa Public Library through Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries via Zoom (REGISTER)

A presentation by the Santa Fe Poet Laureate, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington on Black Poetry in America, in New Mexico and Beyond, with selections from his own work, Hakim Bellamy, Jay Wright, and many poets outside of New Mexico, for example, Langston Hughes, Sonia Sanchez, Alice Walker, Ross Gay, and others. The historical trajectory from the Civil War till today will show how Black poets have consistently aligned themselves with Black empowerment and anti-racist political movements, from the anti-slavery movement to the anti-lynching campaigns, and from the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, up to today, when so many poets have been inspired by Black Lives Matter.

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Concha Ortiz y Pino

Wed, Feb 1, 2023, 12:00am - Sun, Feb 26, 2023, 12:00am

February 25th, 2:00 to 4:00pm, hosted by Fort Sumner Public Library (ADDRESS)

Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven was the Matriarch of a 300 year old New Mexico Legacy. She was born only two years before statehood. In 1936 at the age of 26 Concha was the youngest American woman elected to State office serving in the New Mexico House of Representatives. By 1941 at the age of 30 she became the Democratic majority whip, the first woman to hold such a position in state government. She championed women's rights, bi-lingual education, and equal funding for urban and rural schools. She served on 60 community boards while managing her family's 100,00 acre ranch in Galisteo, New Mexico. Thus, Concha Ortiz y Pino was a remarkable “Larger than Life'' woman who had more than just a political career.

Organizer: New Mexico Humanities Council

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"Outriders" Film Series

Wed, Feb 1, 2023, 12:00am - Mon, Feb 27, 2023, 12:00am

Join the Harwood and Taos Center for the Arts for a cinematic exploration of the Black cowboy inspired by the exhibition Outriders Legacy of the Black Cowboy on view through May 7, 2023. From documentaries to vintage Westerns and major studio releases, this diverse line-up of films features fictional and true stories of Black resistance, joy, and life on the range.

This series pass includes admission for one (1) to each of the six screenings Outriders Film Series. Individual tickets to each film are available through the presenting organization’s website.Friday showings are at TCA and Sundays are at Harwood.

February 10th at 7pm "Buck and the Preacher" showing at the Taos Center for the Arts

February 12th at 2pm "Harlem Rides the Range" showing at at the Taos Harwood Art Center

February 17th at 7pm "Tomisaine and Bushrod" showing at the Taos Center for the Arts

February 19th at 2pm, "Black Rodeo" showing at the Taos Harwood Art Center

February 25th at 7pm, "The Harder They Fall" showing at the Taos Center for the Arts

February 26th at 2pm Documentary Shorts and Panel Discussion at the Taos Harwood Art Center

This project is supported in part by New Mexico Humanities Council and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Organizer: New Mexico Humanities Council

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