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UNM Black Alumni Chapter Oral History Collection

Identifier: MSS-948-BC

Scope and Content

Contains DVDs and transcripts of interviews. See contents list below. Videos and transcripts are also available online hosted by The College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences, University of New Mexico.


  • 2015-2016


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The collection is open for research.

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Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biography / History

The UNM Black Alumni Chapter Oral History project was spearheaded by Barbara Brown Simmons, UNM alumni. Brown Simmons, founder and current president of the chapter, is a former criminal defence attorney residing in California. She orchestrated the project in conjunction with the UNM Black Alumni Chapter and African American Student Services. With the assistance of the University of New Mexico Oral History Program and funding by the University of New Mexico Center for Regional Studies ten oral history interviews were recorded on video. Those interviewed are members of the UNM Black Alumni Chapter.

Alumni interviewees:
  1. Angela J. Jewell, Retired District Court Judge.
  2. Barbara Brown Simmons, Former criminal defense attorney and founder and current president of the UNM Alumni Association Black Alumni Chapter.
  3. Rev. Charles Becknell Sr., PhD in American Studies, Pastor of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church.
  4. Charles P. Roberts, Former UNM Dean of Students.
  5. Harold Bailey, PhD in American Studies, Former Executive Director of New Mexico Office of African American Affairs.
  6. Ira L. Harge New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame, UNM Lobo and NBA draft basketball player.
  7. James B. Lewis, State Treasurer of New Mexico from 1985-1990 and from 2006-2014.
  8. Lenton Malry, PhD, Albuquerque's first Black school principal in 1964. First Black elected State Representative in 1968. Bernalillo county's first Black county commissioner in 1980.
  9. Rita Ann Turfley Powdrell, Director of the Board of the African-American Museum & Cultural Center. Owner of Mr. Powdrell's Barbecue House.
  10. Tommie Jewell Sr., Retired Educator.
Interviewers: Marsha Hardeman and Leroy Holmes

Transcriber: Ruth Frank

Videographer: Barry Kirk


1 box (.15 cubic ft.)


Contains video interviews and transcripts of University of New Mexico Black alumni.

Related Material

KGGM-TV Interviews with UNM Alumni, 1989. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico University of New Mexico Alumni Association Records, 1892-[ongoing]. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico
Finding aid of UNM Black Alumni Chapter Oral History Collection, 2015-2016
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131