Officials lunch with African royalty

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell City councilors Dianne Parker, left, and Keith Thomas listen to African kings Nzamane and Mukuni talk about their culture Wednesday afternoon. The kings told Portales officials that the Zambian culture is similar to that of New Mexico, which is the reason for their interest in the state. Alisa Boswell Portales […]

ENMU to present step dance performance

By Zuo Yang: Freedom New Mexico Slam poetry, modern dance, rap, South African gumboot and other music genres are colliding in a performance an organizer says will make the audience want to tap a foot. Eastern New Mexico University is set to present a step-dance performance named “Raw Footage” Thursday. The event is free and […]

Guest speaker, barbecue, step show highlight African-American Heritage Month

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USAF photo: Senior Airman Evelyn Chavez Members of the Texas Tech fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha step dance at Cannon Air Force Base on Feb. 25, as part of African-American Heritage Month commemoration. Several fraternities demonstated the a dance form where footwork is the most important part of the dance. The event also included guest speaker […]

Dancing performance highlights heritage month

Illustration: Airman 1st Class Erik Cardenas Celebrate African-American Heritage month events in February at Cannon. There will be a Step-Off dance Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hangar 125, On Feb. 26 there will be a Retreat Ceremony and on Feb. 27 the base chapel will host a Gospel Fest. By 2nd […]

A Defining Moment in the Time of War: Orangeburg Massacre, February 8, 1968

On February 8, 1968, in Orangeburg, South Carolina, a tragic shooting occurred leaving three African American students dead and 29 injured due to racial conflict and denial of basic human rights.

African-American contributions honored during annual celebration

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer More than 150 Clovis residents are caravaning by bus to Santa Fe Friday for a first-hand look at the New Mexico Legislature in action. The trip is part of the sixth African-American Day at the New Mexico Legislature. The event, sponsored by The African-American Day Council, is intended to […]

Editorial: Obama will do well to approach change from center

It is an exciting and historic development for an African American to be elected president of the United States. People still alive can remember when racial segregation was enforced by law in some states. Racial discrimination has not been completely erased and pockets of bigotry remain in this country. For a country that had to […]

NAACP conference covers issues including elections, education

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Dexter Talbert of Palestine, Texas, always thought he would see an African American nominated for the highest elected office in the country. But the 50-year-old said he didn’t expect it, or a woman running for vice president, to happen so soon. “This is major for me,” he said Saturday […]

Soldier father, Airman son change military with selfless service

In 1997, a commemorative stamp was dedicated to Benjamin O. Davis Sr., the first African-American general. Greg Allen Benjamin Davis Drive is a small street in Clovis that is named after two very large men who helped change conditions for African-American servicemembers in the American military and perceptions by the American public. Benjamin O. Davis […]

God loves us completely — no magic require

By Curtis Shelburne: CNJ Religion Columnist Witch doctors and magic. The kind of things you’d expect to find among tribesmen in the African bush, right?   Yes, unless it’s the American variety. You see, generally when we think of magic, we’re basically thinking of a recipe and manipulation. Magic calls for very little faith at […]

Call for more aid for Africa will not help

By Walter E. Williams : syndicated columnist British Prime Minister Tony Blair, along with other G-8 leaders, have called for the doubling of foreign aid to African nations by 2010. The idea that foreign aid is a route out of poverty and political instability is not only bankrupted but a cruel and evil hoax as […]

4/22 Local roundup

Fugitive escapes PRMC on bike in hospital gown A 29-year-old Clovis man wanted on a bench warrant was arrested Thursday after he fled Plains Regional Medical Center wearing a hospital gown and boxer shorts, according to police. Alfred Sena was located by police about 20 minutes later pedaling a small, light blue girl’s bicycle on […]

Residents give gift of sight in Africa

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Clovis residents George and Diana Franklin are the founders of the nonprofit organization SEE Ministries, established in 1998 for the purpose of providing eyeglasses to rural Africans. (Courtesy photo) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A story in the Gospel of Mark features a blind man named Bartimaeus. According to the biblical story, Jesus and […]

Buffalo Soldier Hill name now official

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A hill located near Lingo will be forever be designated as Buffalo Soldier Hill on federal maps in honor of African-American members of the U.S. Cavalry. Lingo is 40 miles southeast of Portales, near the Texas border. “This means no name other than Buffalo Soldier Hill may appear on federal […]

Ten years after march, things unchanged

By Leonard Pitts: Syndicated Columnist Ten years later, more than 65 percent of our children are still born out of wedlock. Ten years later, we are still five times more likely to die of homicide. Ten years later, still fewer than half of us own our homes. Ten years later, we still marry less, go […]

Reform would aid Africa more than money

Freedom Newspapers President Bush is likely to have a tough time at the G-8 summit meeting this week. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is president this year of the group of political leaders from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Japan and Russia, wants to focus on global warming and, as […]

Black vote fertile ground for Republicans

By Mona Charen Donna Brazile is uneasy. She has noticed something highly threatening to her party, and she’s sounding the alarm. In a column for Roll Call newspaper, Brazile, Al Gore’s campaign manager, warns her fellow Democrats that Republicans are seeking to make inroads into the African-American vote. “Once they (black voters) start listening to […]

Ex-felon voting issue for states, not the feds

CNJ staff There is an undeniable aura of partisan gamesmanship in the call by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats to make election day a federal holiday to encourage more people to vote, and to allow ex-felons to vote. A higher percentage of registered Republicans than Democrats tends to vote, and these proposals […]

Clovis youths plan trip to see Legislature

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Natasha Beachum is interested in seeing how laws are made first hand. The Yucca Junior High eighth-grader will be one of about 90 Clovis students scheduled to leave at 4:30 a.m. today for a trip to the state capitol fourth African-American Day. “You can learn about it in books […]

Silence not an option in AIDS fight

By Leonard Pitts Makgatho Mandela died last week of illnesses related to AIDS. We know this because his father, Nelson, announced it to the world Thursday. As you surely know, Nelson Mandela won a Nobel Prize and international acclaim for a struggle against South African apartheid that included 27 years of incarceration. He is a […]