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 […]

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 […]

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 […]