Black History Month promotes cultural awareness

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Bringing cultural awareness to the community has been the focus of Eastern New Mexico University African-American Affairs in celebration of Black History Month.

“We do this to promote cultural diversity and cultural awareness,” said Ashley Porter, director of African-American Affairs at ENMU.

Black History Month provides the opportunity to teach the community about the culture of African-Americans, Porter said. Many smaller communities may not know about or understand the culture, Porter said. There are also some members of the African-American community that do not have knowledge of their culture, she said.

As part of the celebration, posters of historical African-American figures are displayed daily in the Campus Union Building, according to Nikita Johnson, African-American Affairs work-study student.

“It’s important to celebrate (Black History Month) because most African-Americans at this school (ENMU) don’t’ know the history of our culture,” Johnson said.
Celebrations will wind down with the annual banquet this evening in the Campus Union Building.

Highlighting the banquet will be the crowning of the first Mr. and Mrs. Black ENMU. Guest speaker Pastor Brian K. Phillips Sr. will speak to the banquet attendees on the importance of obtaining a higher education, Porter said.

On Friday, the festivities will end with a date auction.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to help the African-American Affairs office at ENMU, said Johnson.

For information on the events or to volunteer for the date auction, contact the African-American Affairs office at 562-2437.