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Presented by Dr. Timothy E. Nelson

Blackdom is the only incorporated all-Black Town in New Mexico. New Mexico State Senator Cliff Pirtle (R-Roswell) introduced Senate Memorial 18 and Senate Memorial 71 during the 2023 session. This legislation recognized Blackdom as “the most influential Black settler community”. SM 18 passed one committee on March 13, but did not advance beyond that. The Blackdom descendant community is in constant communication exploring its past, present and future. This series of lectures, forums, colloquials, practical exercises and critical dialogue speaks to the complication of navigating a post-Obama and post-Trump world. At the core of the intersectional dialectic, we grapple with Blackdom’s current inaccessibility by public roads, requiring people to obtain permission to use private and government lands and roads. The task force is expected to include representatives from Chaves County, the New Mexico Counties association, New Mexico’s congressional delegation, the U.S. postmaster general, the State Historian’s Office, the State Land Office, the New Mexico Office on African American Affairs and some Blackdom property owners. The conversations can include theater, arts, and culture to grapple with the hard questions of what to do now; during the post-apocalypse period of the Twenty-First Century.

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