Community Development Initiatives

Zora Neale Hurston

African-American author

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”

OAAA Everyday Heroes

To recognize 50 individuals across the state of New Mexico who have done exceptional work in their communities in the areas of economics, education, health and community development improving the lives of African American families. Awardees were presented recognition, as a surprise, among co-workers, partnering organizations, friends and families. The communities partnered with OAAA to identify individuals who make personal sacrifices for their communities, often without recognition.

Town Halls

OAAA is committed to hearing the voice of African American citizens with issues that pertain to the African American Community. We will be holding Town Halls in Alamogordo, Clovis, Farmington, Hobbs, Las Cruces, and Roswell.

Father’s Day Program (Men’s Initiative)

To honor and encourage African American father figures for the vital role they play in children’s lives. Celebrating African American Father’s and their children by giving them quality time in outside activities that allow bonding time.   As so many African American children grow up without their biological fathers, it is important to acknowledge the father figures who do play an active role.


To assist in helping young middle school boys and girls become the best they can. We provide professional role model to speak and mentor with them personally, academically, mentally, and socially through education activities in a group setting.