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POSTPONED: Don Perkins: A Champion's Life -- An Author Talk with Dr. Richard Melzer. New date in October TBD

POSTPONED: Don Perkins: A Champion's Life -- An Author Talk with Dr. Richard Melzer. New date in October TBD In-Person

This event has been postponed. A new date in October will be announced soon.

* This event takes place in person at Mesa Public Library. 

Don Perkins was one of the most honored athletes in the history of the Dallas Cowboys and had been a Lobo All American football player at UNM. His life was complex, and at times, controversial. He experienced the traumas of racial discrimination, death, divorce, football-related injuries, and a never-ending search for his own identity. He ventured into sportscasting, public speaking, community relations, big-rig trucking, government work—and even amateur theater where he portrayed Frederick Douglass and other famous Black leaders. Through it all, he remained a kind, unassuming, charismatic man, universally admired by family members, friends, and millions of fans. Don Perkins passed away in 2022.

Dr. Richard Melzer gives Don Perkins the final tribute he so greatly deserves in this biography published this year by UNM Press. Dr. Melzer holds a PhD in history from the University of New Mexico and taught history at UNM's Valencia Campus until 2019. He is a past two-term president of the Historical Society of New Mexico and author, co-author, or editor of over 100 articles 30 books about New Mexico history. Ten of his books have won major book awards. 

Registration information: This event is free to the public but space is limited, so please register to reserve your seat. Please click the blue "Begin Registration" button below to get started. Once you've signed up, you will immediately receive an email confirmation from "LibCal" and subsequent reminders as the event date gets closer. Do you have questions or need help with registration? Please call (505) 662-8257.

Thursday, July 27, 2023
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
Mesa Public Library
Mesa Public Library
  adults     seniors (55+)  
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Event Organizer

Eva Jacobson

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