NM Black “Thought” Expo

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Black “Thought” Expo 

Since 2003, the Office of African American Affairs has held the NM Black Expo to do just this.  The NM Black Expo celebrates the history, culture, experiences, and actions of our community.  A day focused on building our capacity and making a space for the thoughts and actions important to us. 

This year, while we continue to stay safe from the pandemic, the NM Black Expo will move virtual—the NM Black “Thought” Expo.  We will provide multiple, virtual events during May and June.  These events will highlight our Black businesses, organizations, and successes.  And we will hear from national speakers and community leaders about the issues that are important to improving the lives of NM African Americans. 

To Register for the event, click on the link below. 


Eunique Jones Gibson


Eunique Jones Gibson is a creative visionary, cultural architect and social activist whodevelops award winning campaigns & products that ignite conversation, introspection& social change.She began her career in online advertising with Microsoft and over thepast decade she has worked with a variety of companies such as American FamilyInsurance, Nickelodeon, Genworth Financial, BET, the Oprah Winfrey Network andCustom Ink to name a few.  Learn more about Eunique by clicking here. 

Women’s Empowerment Summit

June 15, 2021

A dedicated space for professional Black women to learn and grow with each other in pertinent conversations.

Black Economic Forum

June 17, 2021

Hearing from our community leaders on solutions, specific to Black businesses and communities, on economics.


Kezia Williams


Kezia M. Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of The Black upStart – a nationally recognized companyserving African-American innovators interested in starting successful and profitable, job creating smallbusinesses. Through the administration of an incubator program, the Black upStart administers aculturally-sensitive, pioneering curriculum that integrates experiential learning methods, lean startupmethodology, and business case studies. Learn more about Kezia by clicking here. 

Candace Hollingsworth


Passion is the common denominator for every pursuit that energizes Candace Bacchus Hollingsworth. She’s passionate about the power of community, passionate about service to that community, and passionate about advancing the effectiveness of public sector organizations. As a people’s champion, changemaker and advocacy leader with 15 years of experience navigating the nonprofit world, Candace is an engineer of social action who can organize seemingly incongruous people, places and ideas into operational synergy.

State of the Black State

June 24, 2021 – June 25, 2021

Bringing forward voices from the NM Black communities to discuss the issues important to NM African Americans.

Black Political Engagement


June 21, 2021


Amplifying NM Black/African American voices in decision making spaces to ensure policies and programs are developed to benefit our community.

Kid’s Corner

Providing a space children can follow along with self-paced activities to celebrate and embrace NM Black culture and history.


Tips for Kids to Stay Covid Safe

Guide for kids to stay safe and optimistic during Covid-19.  Click here to learn more!

Kid's Corner

Beverly McMillan


Bev McMillan, a business leader, community leader and philanthropist.  Native from Savannah, Georgia and reared in Akron, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Akron, with a BA in Clothing and Textiles.  The Master of Business was attained in the year 2010 from the University of Phoenix.  Bev began her career in retail management which landed a major role within the L Brands family, navigating through various roles in the Victoria’s Secret brand for over 25 years. 

Everyday Hero Awards

May 21, 2021

Recognizing the individuals that work to improving the lives of African Americans in their communities.

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