Roots Revival Revisited: Photo by Aana Pearson.

The New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee’s (NMBHOC) mission is to celebrate and preserve the rich cultural heritage of African-Americans in New Mexico and the United States. Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week, which in 1976 was expanded to a month and renamed Black History Month. Dr. Woodson’s intent was to organize the African American community, celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans, promote mainstream awareness of African American culture, and inspire people of all races to greater achievement. The NMBHOC seeks to promote African-American culture and achievement, as well as multicultural understanding in New Mexico by adopting Dr. Woodson’s mission as the foundation of its work. The organization’s motto is “Strengthening and building community from the inside out.”

Roots Revival Revisited: Photo by Aana Pearson.

February is Black History Month.  The 6th Annual New Mexico Black History Festival takes place February 1 – 28, 2017 with four themed weeks of activities for the entire family.  The festival covers arts and culture, cuisine, health and wellness, music and much more.  Most of the events for the festival are free, family-friendly and open to the public.  There are two ticketed events: Roots Revival Revisited at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Cotton Club Scholarship Gala. Cathryn McGill, Founder/ Director of NMBHOC, tells us there is “something for everyone to enjoy during the 2017 NM Black History Festival, and all are welcome.”