When I Was Colored

Feb 20, 2014

Sun. 2/23 8p: An African American from the hills of West Virginia's mining camps, becomes a Village Servant to the people of New Mexico where he advocates for the voice of children and African American New Mexicans.

Kalonji Mwanza tells us a story of his childhood and discoveries.  His unplanned journey from West Virginia to New Mexico delivered a multitude of experiences that would soon reveal secrets of his birth
and adventures he'd soon encounter in the Land of Enchantment.  We'll hear the intimate details of this elder's life who has been a body of active involvement since his arrival to the state.

Kalonji Mwanza, also known as Sylvester "Butch" Brown is the original director of the Office of African American Affairs.  He is a retired LMSW with the Children, Youth and Family Services Department in New
Mexico.  He is the former president of the New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers, member of Blacks in Government,and formerly on the board of directors for Albuquerque
Healthcare for the Homeless.  He was selected as "One of the Influential Blacks in New Mexico"-Jan/Feb 2002 issue of New Mexico Today Magazine.  In 2004 h received the Special Recognition Award--For
Superior Service & Outstanding Dedication to citizens of New Mexico with special regard to African American Families, Foster Care/Adoption, Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, and socio-economically
challenged families---The Joint African American Organizations of New Mexico.  That same year Mayor Martin Chavez proclaimed September 17, 2004 as Sylvester "Butch" Brown day.   Later "Butch" Brown had his name changed by members of the National Association of Black Social Workers to Kalonji Mwanza which indicates his dedication to the welfare and protection of children.

In addition solo performer Edward Wallace Joins us on the Spoken Word Hour to share an excerpt from his one-man show on the life of Jim Beckwourth, mountain man, fur trader and explorer.  Edward Wallace on the Life of Jim Beckwourh "From Slavery to Superstar".