Albuquerque Press Women (now renamed Albuquerque Press Women and Friends) will present well-known local civic leader Lenton Malry, who has a new autobiography published by UNM Press, titled “Let’s Roll This Train.” Malry will be speaker for the regular montly meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Claim Jumper Restaurant at Jefferson east of I-25.
Malry served as New Mexico’s first African-American state representative from 1968 to 1978 and Bernalillo County’s first African-American Commissioner – serving as commission chairman in 1983-1984 and 1987-1988. He was also the first African American to earn a PhD in education from the University of New Mexico.
Malry was influential in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated.
He taught in Albuquerque Public Schools and was Albuquerque’s first African-American principal; he retired from APS in 1987.
Malry has served our community on a number of boards and commissions including, as a past-president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and on the boards of the United Way, the UNM Cancer Center, Heights Psychiatric Hospital and the Albuquerque Air Quality Board.
Malry has been married to his wife Joy for 56 years and they have a son Lenton Jr.
At this luncheon, guests order directly from a menu and pay the restaurant. There is a $5 fee for nonmembers of APW&F.