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Office of African American Affairs
310 San Pedro Ne Suite 320 Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 383-6222

The New Mexico Office of African American Affairs (OAAA) was enacted by the 44th New Mexico State Legislature in 1999 under House Bill 909 and an executive advisory committee was established by Executive Order under the administration of Governor Gary Johnson. Although the official operation of OAAA started with State Legislation, the hearts of OAAA lies with the many New Mexico residents statewide who felt that there was a need to address issues specific to the African American community. The impetus for the movement that lead to the creation of OAAA was designed by community leaders who focused on the need to improve and promote the economic development, education, health and political well-being of the African-American community throughout New Mexico. Through efforts that included advocacy, information sharing, cultural awareness, community networking, and influencing legislation, this group of dedicated citizens went to work on establishing a venue that would allow for the support of African Americans throughout New Mexico.

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