The Expansive Nature of Black History: Celebrating Achievements of Our Afro-Latino Family
February 12, 2020
Being introduced to new and different members of your family can be as exciting as it is expansive.That’s exactly what makes this article about eight amazing Afro-Latino achievers a refreshing glimpse into how often lesser-known members of the African Diaspora clan achieve and excel beyond measure. They represent a span of talents and expertise that people young and old may be inspired to emulate. Each of the eight persons featured is a vibrant reminder that Black excellence comes in different languages, locations, and cultural contexts.
Continue reading and meet: Miriam Jimenez Roman, author of the seminal book, The Afro-Latin Reader: History and Culture in the United States; celebrated poet and novelist Piri Thomas, author of the urban classic, Down These Mean Streets; Jose Celso Barbosa, who made history three ways – as a doctor, politician and publisher; Gwen Ifill, who was a trailblazing hero to Black women journalists; Sylvia del Villard, the courageous dancer, actress and activist who founded the influential Afro-Boricua El Coqui Theater; Felipe Luciano, a Young Lords Party leader, member of the Original Last Poets and TV, broadcast and print journalist; Julia Constanza Burgos Garcia, the journalist, activist and feminist who was also a lyrical poet, and historian Arturo Schomburg, founder of what is today the internationally renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Click here to explore the contributions of just a few of many Afro-Latinos who are distinguished members of the African Diaspora family.