AfroLatin@s in Action: Making a Difference through Research, Education & the Arts
Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Join us for a discussion led by AfroCuban author, bibliographer, and activist Tomás Fernandez Robaína on the crucial role of books in the advancement of Black advocacy movements throughout the Americas.
Learn about the Forum’s new projects aimed at increasing AfroLatin@ visibility and representation. These initiatives include raising the AfroLatin@ count in the 2020 census; developing a national network to promote and support AfroLatin@ Studies; and preparing a retrospective exhibition on the work of photographer Tony Gleaton. Find out how you can play a role in making a positive change. Come ready to take action!
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, both at NYU.
In Memoriam: Tony Gleaton
Tony Gleaton, among the first photographers to document Latin Americans of African descent, passed away last week. He leaves behind an impressive body of work which undoubtedly contributed to the growing Black consciousness movement throughout the Americas.
Tony began his Latin American photographic journey in the southern Pacific coast of Mexico in 1986; by the time his project was completed he had traveled through most of Central and South America in his search for “Black folk.” In the process of creating his hauntingly beautiful photographs of Afro-Latin Americans engaged in their everyday activities, Tony also acquired an increasingly complex understanding of race and ethnicity. His work is really a reflection on the diversity of the African Diaspora in the Americas, as well as visual evidence of the strength, endurance, and shared experiences that continue to link our hemispheric struggle for visibility and social justice.
For more information, including a selection of his photographs and writings, see http://www.tonygleaton.com/TonyGleaton.com/Home_page.html
AfroLatin@s Now: Connecting Stories
AfroLatin@s Now: Connecting Stories is a podcast series produced by the AfroLatin@ Forum offering thoughtful and informed analyses of pressing stories from around the globe that are connected to the experience of Latin@s of African descent in the United States.
Juan Flores was an educator who was thoroughly committed to his many students over the course of an academic career that spanned more than 45 years. In acknowledgement of his dedication to teaching, learning, and critical thinking, and his deep concern with furthering the cause of social justice, the AfroLatin@ Forum has established The Juan Flores AfroLatin@ Scholarship Fund. Your donation will be appreciated.
by Melissa M. Valle for NACLA
They say that the Devil’s greatest trick is convincing the world he didn’t exist. While I’m not a religious person, I find something alarming about the notion that a sinister force is exacting its will on humanity while successfully going undetected, and therefore uncontested. Racism in Latin America has a similar invisible, but insidious, sort of quality.
Bring up racism amongst those from Latin America and you’ll often get an exasperated groan, followed by something about how class is the predominate stratifying principle in Latin America, and a plea to stop applying your U.S.-based take on race to those in Latin America and the Caribbean. They may even throw in a “we’re all mixed” or “what is race?” rejoinder for good measure. Keep reading.