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The Dimensionality of Being Afro-Latino/a/x: A Conversation on the Multilayered Latinx Experience

Wednesday, 12 June 2024 03:00 PM

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Part of the Absolutely Black (Absolutamente Negro) National Conversation series

HARLEM, NY / ACCESSWIRE / June 12, 2024 / The Creative Justice Initiative and the AfroLatin Forum, in collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, are excited to announce a thought-provoking panel discussion titled "The Dimensionality of Being Afro-Latino/a/x." This insightful event will take place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

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Event Overview: Join us for the exciting finale of the first phase of our "Absolutamente Negro" series. We'll explore the diverse landscape of Afro-Latinx identities, celebrating the vibrant spectrum of our community. "AfroLatinx" is not a one-size-fits-all label. We encompass AfroLatinidades, a rich tapestry woven from varied experiences, perspectives, and struggles. This closing event delves into the multi-dimensional reality of being AfroLatinx, exploring how varied issues like education, law enforcement, economic representation, and reproductive justice shape the unique fabric and future of our communities.

Event Details:

"We are honored to be in the institution founded by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the visionary whose work focused on uniting our African and African global communities to share the wisdom and accomplishments we have contributed to the world. We are eternally thankful to Arturo Alfonso Schomburg for being our guide, our teacher…for researching, rescuing, and preserving our histories and stories and empowering us with his legacy." - Dr. Marta Moreno Vega.

About the Speakers: The event will feature prominent figures, including academic scholars, journalists, students, and cultural activists, who will engage in a stimulating conversation to address the complexities of Afro-Latinidad.

The conversation will open with a performance by Stephanie Pacheco, the 2023 NYC Youth Poet Laureate, and Moderated by Natasha S. Alford, award-winning journalist, digital host, millennial media executive, and Vice President of Digital Content and a Senior Correspondent at theGrio whose book, American Negra: A Memoir, was released in February by Harper Collins. Among the distinguished panelists are Beatriz Beckford, an artist, organizer, and strategist, and the National Director of Youth and Family Justice at MomsRising together; Melissa Valle, daughter of an island-born Boricua-turned-Jersey girl and an African-American Harlemite. She is the Mellon Assistant Professor in Global Racial Justice in both the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Africana Studies at Rutgers University-Newark; and Led Black, a Dominican-American writer, blogger and filmmaker, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Uptown Collective, a hyper-local daily blog dedicated to the northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Inwood.

Joy Bivins, Director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Laurie A. Cumbo, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of New York; Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Creative Justice Initiative president; and Guesnerth Josue Perea, AfroLatin@ Forum Executive Director will join the opening and closing remarks.

About The Creative Justice Initiative: Creative Justice Initiative is a racial and social justice not-for-profit organization seeking to affect positive change, eradicate the systemic injustices that continue to oppress and limit the possibilities of marginalized communities. Our projects focus on Racial and Cultural Equity, Institution Building, and the lived experiences of Black and AfroLatinx individuals.

About the AfroLatin Forum: The AfroLatin Forum is a research and resource center that centers Blackness within Latinidad. We support the struggle for racial and social justice through dialogue and action by engaging communities, forging coalitions, creating accessible educational materials, and organizing public events.

Media Contact:

Olga Chapman-Rivera
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Contact Information

Olga Chapman-Rivera
Marketing manager
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Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega
Creative Justice Initiative Founder and President , CCCCADI Founder
[email protected]

SOURCE: Creative Justice Initiative


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