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Afro-Latinos in the Diaspora - Part 1

The Caribbean is home to roughly 73% of Afro-Diasporic descendents with Spanish-speaking countries topping the list (Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico). South America is home to roughly 28% of descendents.

Come to the GALA THEATRE in Columbia Heights on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 for the following **FREE** program and discussion:

AFRO-LATINOS IN THE DIASPORA
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/afro-latinos-in-the-diaspora-history-culture-challenges-day-1-tickets-10502710891?aff=es2&rank=1&sid=d348331c974011e3b472123138106897

Event Details


The District of Columbia Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs, in collaboration with ACADA (Asociasion Cultural AfroLatina, y la Diaspora Africana), and the Afro-Latino Alliance, will host two public programs during Black History Month focused an Afro-Latinos. The first program, "Afro-Latinos in the Diaspora: History, Culture and Challenges in Asserting their Rightful African Identity," will be an interactive public forum that will include a brief documentary screening of "Negro" and panel of experts addressing issues that impact the Afro-Latino community locally and globally. Documentary: "Negro"- A Docu-Series exploring Latino Identity throughout the Americas by Dash Harris (See http://negrodocumentary.com/ for more information)

Panelists: Gilberto Amaya, Independent International Development Expert

Judith Morrison, Senior Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank

Chris Rodriguez, Author of "Latino Manifesto: A Critique of the Race Debate in the U.S. Latino Community."

J. Santiago, Ph.D, Professor, Howard University

****GALA Theatre is on 14th Street, one block north of the Columbia Heights Metro Station on the Green line.****

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  • T.R. G.

    FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY!!! My busy schedule has settled a bit--just long enough for me to post my photos of Nights 1 and 2 of the Afro-Latinos In The Diaspora celebration events at the GALA Theatre. Had such a great time time and made some wonderful connections! Enjoy!

    3 · March 27, 2014

    • Dunori V. P.

      Glad to see you didn't forget (the captions too). You definitely got some skills as a photographer. Giant thanks. Looks like I really missed some good stuff on the 2nd nite's happenings. I'll definitely be there for both nites if the event happens to occur again.

      1 · March 27, 2014

    • T.R. G.

      Thanks, Dunori! The second night was awesome; it really built on the foundation of the first night's Screening and Panel. ALA is supposed to be keeping everyone in the loop of upcoming gatherings; I'll definitely spread the word as I learn more.

      1 · March 27, 2014

  • Dunori V. P.

    There were a few times I was about to jump out of my seat to snatch that bright light the cameramen were using because of it being a major distraction from the presentation but besides that I think the event went very well especially the surprise food samples at the reception.
    Also, the event as a whole accomplished it's goal for me for raising awareness about the Afro-Latino culture because just in the brief 2 hours I learned quite a bit and I subsequently was compelled to buy Dash's dvd. I'm thinking about doing another potluck where we could watch it. Would anyone be interested?

    4 · February 19, 2014

    • Dunori V. P.

      We/I cancelled the potluck for tomorrow because of some personal issues my friend is having who's house it was going to be at. I will let everyone know when the future date will be asap so remember the thoughts for whenever we do get to the discussion.

      March 7, 2014

    • T.R. G.

      Thanks, Dunori. I'll llook out for the new date. I hope all goes well for your friend.

      March 8, 2014

  • Lena

    I'll have a striped shirt tonight - dark green, black, light green. Say hello if you spot me!

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Lena

      Yes, he was! lol So much soul and rhythm, too.

      2 · February 20, 2014

    • T.R. G.

      Yes, indeed!

      February 20, 2014

  • T.R. G.

    What a powerful Awards Ceremony last night, recognizing those who are making a difference in the Afro-Latino community! Hearing the affirming contributions of the awards recipients was amazing. The surprise tribute to Mr. Roland Roebuck, a veteran activist in the Afro-Latino community, was truly inspiring. The stories of some of the moderators from ALA and ACADA, such as Didier Sinisterra’s (whose father was killed in Colombia), really drove home the need for the Afro-descendant community to join together on issues that affect all of us, no matter where we are from in the diaspora. And like Lena said, Vicky Leyva and her band were awesome! One little girl couldn’t keep still, so her grandmother brought her up to the balcony so she could just be free and dance! For those who want to stay involved, ALA plans to circulate a communiqué to those who were present (for one or both days), in order to generate further dialogue and involvement amongst those who are interested. Pics on the way!

    2 · February 20, 2014

  • Dunori V. P.

    Hope everyone attending the part 2 has a great time... I've decided to pass on it so let me/us know how it goes... maybe get some photos too if possible.

    2 · February 19, 2014

    • T.R. G.

      It was awesome! Pics of both nights on the way!

      2 · February 20, 2014

  • Nicole

    Gracias, Lena, para la invitacion a este evento. I went to Part I. It was very informative, and I look forward to learning more about Afro-Latinos in the Diaspora.

    2 · February 19, 2014

  • Lena

    Before I forget - here are a few links of interest:

    A Rising Voice: Afro-Latin Americans
    http://www.miamiherald.com/multimedia/news/afrolatin/

    I did not know anything about the Garifuna experience until last night. (The first speaker discussed his heritage and history.) I found some excellent links for anyone interested in learning more:

    http://www.garifunacoalition.org/

    http://www.garifunaheritagefoundation.org/

    3 · February 19, 2014

    • Quita

      Thanks - this is great!

      February 19, 2014

    • Dunori V. P.

      Ditto. I actually have some great-grands on my mother's side from St. Vincent. I don't know if they were Garifuna but maybe the Garifuna links will help me find out if they were.

      1 · February 19, 2014

  • IJ

    I thought the event was great. Although I am familiar with much of the history of the African diaspora in Latin America, I walked away with a wealth of information and made quite a few good contacts. I just hope that this is the beginning for of many more meetings like this and there is something that could be done to make this more applicable to the community at large. This information is imperative to both the African American and Latino Community.

    3 · February 19, 2014

    • T.R. G.

      I agree, IJ. Nice to discover that you are part of the Film Club! It was great meeting you and others last night that I hadn't met before! I would welcome your feedback as a teacher on the idea that I posted under Part 1 of my summary of this event. I feel just as you do, that this needs to be made more applicable to the community at large.

      February 19, 2014

  • T.R. G.

    Part I (had to avoid going over the word count!) - Awesome event, thanks Lena! I've traveled to Honduras and Nicaragua and was aware of the Garifuna communities in both of those countries. Mr. Amaya really touched on some things that have been near to my heart for so long now. Mr. Rodriguez touched on them as well. The need for the Afro-descendant diaspora to find collective strength in our kinship, and to embrace empowerment in identifying as Afro-descendant peoples. I've been following the immigration debate as well, and again, I have found what Mr. Amaya said to be true--the faces and voices of Afro-descendant immigrants, including those from Latin America and beyond, are not visible. The panelists made another excellent point—Afro-descendants being "absorbed" into the general census, and therefore the number of Black people in country being dramatically reduced. I have extended family in both the DR and Haiti, so the "whitening" of the population was also an interesting topic.

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Lena

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the event! I agree wholeheartedly in the concept of 'collective kinship'. With the continual rise of the Latino population, I believe discussions like last night's are key to understanding and embracing and creating cross-cultural bridges. I left the event absolutely inspired.

      2 · February 19, 2014

    • T.R. G.

      Yes! Me too, Lena. I've been brainstorming ways to put together informative, interesting "tool kits" so that we can start to share this wonderful and profound kinship with those in our community. I'm thinking they'd be useful for things like after-church forums, summer seminars at local community centers, discussions on college campuses, etc. I think we need to find creative ways to bring together and educate all ages within our Afro-descendant communities. I was thinking of creating something similar regarding the the new citizenship laws in the DR, since I am connected to communities who work at certain times of the year in the DR and Haiti, and who would like to be much more informed concerning this issue. Would love to get your feedback/ideas, as well as the feedback/ideas of others who attended last night.

      February 19, 2014

  • Lena

    For everyone attending tonight's Part 2, be sure to RSVP to the event - it's listed in the "Suggested" tab.

    2 · February 19, 2014

  • T.R. G.

    Part 2 (then I’ll stop writing!) - I'm looking forward to seeing the remainder of Dash Harris' documentary, sounds like Dunori is organizing a potluck and screening. Ms. Morrison's comments and experiences concerning her work in the quilombo and cimarron communities were profound. I would have like to have heard more detail about her work. I love how she acknowledged and respected the "oral tradition" of the gathering. Ms. Morrison also mentioned that Black Movements were alive and well in other countries; I am familiar with some of them in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, and plan to do further research on others. Dr. Santiago's idea to establish learning centers in other countries on behalf of Afro-descendant communities was powerful. I think that sharing information on the available resources in this country too (like the Schomburg Center that Mr. Rodriguez mentioned), will have such an impact on educating and empowering the Black community here.

    3 · February 19, 2014

  • Lena

    Thanks to everyone who came out to support this event! I'm only sad that this was on the same day as another Meetup and that more members did not attend this one. Truly, a tremendous event with thought-provoking discussion and exchange of ideas and experiences. And yeah, my minor complaint was *definitely* with the light from that camera, too. Otherwise, top notch. I'll post up any additional events as I see them.

    2 · February 19, 2014

    • Dunori V. P.

      Even though the event was on the same night as another, it may actually be kind-of good more people didn't show up because the theater was packed so anyone else who may have come might not have had place to sit.

      1 · February 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was an amazing event. Need more like this. Inspired me to learn spanish fluently :-)

    5 · February 19, 2014

  • Quita

    Hi All: I had a wonderful time last night. I'm actually going to part 2 of this series. Hope to see some of you there. Take Care!

    4 · February 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      So did I. I will be there tonight as well!

      3 · February 19, 2014

    • T.R. G.

      If things go as planned, I will be there tonight as well!

      1 · February 19, 2014

  • Nicolette

    Hi all - I was coming from a school study session and got to the event late. Hope to meet you at another event in the future!

    1 · February 19, 2014

    • Dunori V. P.

      Glad you were still able to come. I think this event may be the highest % we've ever gotten for having everyone who "Yes" rsvp show up.

      2 · February 19, 2014

  • Lena

    I'm in the lobby on the 2nd floor.

    February 18, 2014

  • Lena

    All: I wear glasses and will have a red pullover on tonight. For anyone attending, please say hello, if you see me! I haven't met anyone from this group yet (my first meetup was recently - the Afrofuturism screening). See you tonight.

    3 · February 18, 2014

    • Jennifer

      hold a seat for me too please :) I'll be there between 5:30 and 5:45 so I should be able to help with the seat holding

      2 · February 18, 2014

    • Quita

      Same... I should be there between 5:30 and 5:45/// Bright Green Petticoat and I'm not sure what my guest is wearing...

      February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I should be there at 6 also. I will look out for you, Lena

    February 18, 2014

  • IJ

    I won't be able to get there until about 6.

    February 18, 2014

  • Quita

    If I'm not mistaken, Gala is north and diagonally across the street from Target on 14St NW... The ticket master Is an outside window and there is a small lobby up some series of stairs.

    2 · February 17, 2014

  • Dunori V. P.

    I've never been to Gala before; where is a good spot in there to meet-up?

    February 17, 2014

    • Lena

      Oops sorry, I meant to say- I'd shoot you my cell # in a private message, so that you can message me when you and/or others arrive to the venue, but I don't see that capability on this website.

      February 17, 2014

    • Dunori V. P.

      People usually check messages for events here, via the comments section all the way up to showtime so if you have a smartphone that may be an option. If not, I would just let us know what you would be wearing and we could meet somewhere near where they collect the tickets.

      1 · February 17, 2014

  • IJ

    I have been following this group for about 3 years now. It's a great thing to see it finally coming out. I have used their trailer, website and the information that was in Henry Louis Gates's documentaries to bridge gaps and promote awareness. This should be great.

    3 · February 17, 2014

  • Dunori V. P.

    Thanks Lena. I was just telling myself that I haven't seen too much events for Black History month this year. Nice that you found one and shared with us.

    1 · February 16, 2014

    • Dunori V. P.

      I'm a brigadista myself and in T&T we sing in Spainish around xmas time. I didn't announce the other events because it looks like there won't be any films as part of the presentations (if I am incorrect about this let me know) but I left them listed in the suggestions in case anyone would like to go.

      February 17, 2014

    • Lena

      Nice. I'm cool with the events staying as "suggested" - just trying to promote awareness. I'm also not sure if there is a film component to them.

      February 17, 2014

  • Lena

    It looks like most people will be attending the Short Film screening, but I thought I'd post this up just in case anyone was interested in this event. Also, Jamaica was accidentally left on the list of my intro - not sure how to edit it out. Hmm.

    February 16, 2014

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