A couple of years ago I did a brief post about a New Mexico town founded by black settlers because a documentary was being crowdfunded. During Black History Month, let’s learn more about the short-lived town! Continue reading
This article from The Daily Beast was in my Facebook newsfeed today, presenting me with the perfect opportunity for this Black History Month series to feature not only a contemporary figure, but someone from New Mexico! Meet Richard Antoine White aka Raw Tuba – the first African-American to receive a doctorate of music in tuba performance. Quite the achievement when you learn that only 1.8% of symphony members in the US are African-American.
I was pleased, and not at all surprised, to see that the GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” was not successful in raising $1 billion, and so GoFundMe is making them return the money. They’ve set up a 501c4 and are trying to get people to transfer their donations. Douchebags.
It’s been a long time (two years!!) since I’ve posted. It was a much needed hiatus to deal with personal stuff. But, a comment thread on a friend’s Facebook post had me decide to change that.
SMU in Taos & UNM Taos – Fall Lecture Series – “Transformative Events and Processes in New Mexico’s Colonial History”
Where: Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos NM 87571
When: All lectures take place from 6-8pm
More info: 575-737-3767
Flyer available Fall-Lecture-Series-Rev-2016.
A paper written by April Wang is getting a lot of buzz among SFPS educators right now. You will not want to miss it. It covers issue of bias against race and problems with equity in our district.
Earlier this month a tourist – William R. Strong, from Oil City, PA – wrote a letter to newspapers around New Mexico, following a trip here. You can read his bullshit letter here, and the follow up article here.
This was the response I sent to the Oil City newspaper, the Pittsburgh newspapers, and to Mr. Strong.
As reported in the ABQ Journal, all high schools in the Albuquerque Public Schools district will offer ethic studies.
The planning process began last week with a three-day workshop that brought about 40 teachers and community members together to brainstorm curriculum possibilities.
Attendees discussed concepts like unconscious bias, as well as books and movies that present Hispanic, African-American, Native American and Asian culture, throwing out titles like “The Karma of Brown Folks,” “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” and “Reservation Blues.” One suggestion even featured a little-known Scandinavian minority. The course will be designed to cover a broad array of racial and ethnic groups.
Currently, Albuquerque, Del Norte and Highland are the only high schools with courses focused on minority experiences – Chicano studies and Mexican-American literature at Albuquerque and Highland; Native American studies at Del Norte.
Under the new plan, every high school will offer ethnic studies as an elective option for juniors and seniors.