Timothy Nelson

Independent Historian

Dr. Timothy E. Nelson was born in South Central Los Angeles and raised in Compton California. After graduating from Compton High School, he went on to play football at Compton as well as Santa Monica Junior College before transferring to play at New Mexico State University where he was awarded a scholarship. He graduated from NMSU with a Bachelors in U.S. History.  During his time earning a Master’s degree in black history at the University of Northern Iowa, he also earned a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. Dr. Nelson earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at El Paso.  He is the Racial Justice Director at the YWCA El Paso del Norte Region. He is also a proud charter member of his chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, Inc.

Blackdom, New Mexico (1903-1930)

In the early 1900s, the Pecos Valley Region of Southeastern New Mexico Territory experienced an economic boom because of an influx of settlers into the area. African American families were among those settlers.  They built Blackdom, the only all-black town in the territory and situated … Read MoreBlackdom, New Mexico (1903-1930)