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Black and Brown Week Bridges Racial Gap

"There is a widely held notion that Blacks and Latinos do not get along," notes Washington Informer Staff Writer Odell B. Ruffin. "Impact studies show racial divides in some high schools in Los Angeles and small disruptions of gang violence in Virginia. Even some media analysts insist this will have an effect on the Democratic presidential campaign.

"In an to attempt dispel those notions, the grassroots organization Grupo Afro Descendiente (GAD) held its first ever Black and Brown Solidarity week.

" 'We wanted a way to calm the tension between both groups,' said GAD president Aisha Brown.

"One of the most unlikely events to bridge the gap is chess, a game which requires the most intellectual individual to perform at a supreme level. One of the biggest events to end the week was the Third Annual Bum Rush the Boards Chess Tournament sponsored by Words, Beats and Life held at Lincoln Middle School on Sat. May 17th.

" 'We highlight different icons from history, and show their personal strategic struggle. It’s also a good way to learn from them. We can align our self in life to be able to wear the crown,' said Urban Arts Academy Director Goldie Deane.

"Each figure on the chess board represented an important Black, Spanish, or Native American. From the struggles of Malcolm X, and Harriett Tubman, a clear message was sent to the students - they can achieve anything regardless of where they start in life."
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The Sound of My Footsteps:

Narratives of Migratory Jamaican immigrants


Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants

on their pre-migratory perceptions of New York

and England

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The Afro-Latin@ Reader focuses attention on a large, vibrant, yet oddly invisible community in the United States: people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean. The presence of Afro-Latin@s in the United States (and throughout the Americas) belies the notion that Blacks and Latin@s are two distinct categories or cultures. Afro-Latin@s are uniquely situated to bridge the widening social divide between Latin@s and African Americans. At the same time, their experiences reveal pervasive racism among Latin@s and ethnocentrism among African Americans. Offering insight into Afro-Latin@ life and new ways to understand culture, ethnicity, nation, identity, and antiracist politics, The Afro-Latin@ Reader presents a kaleidoscopic view of Black Latin@s in the United States. It addresses history, music, gender, class, and media representations in more than sixty selections, including scholarly essays, memoirs, newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, short stories, and interviews.

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African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events

 by Karen Juanita Carrillo

The proof of any group's importance to history is in the detail, a fact made plain by this informative book's day-by-day documentation of the impact of African Americans on life in the United States.  One of the easiest ways to grasp any aspect of history is to look at it as a continuum. African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events provides just such an opportunity.

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The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future 

by Karen Juanita Carrillo

 The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future is an introduction to the lives of Blacks in Colombia. Afro-Colombians live in a resource-rich yet remote region of Colombia. They only recently won recognition as one of that nation's distinct ethnic groups. But Colombia's on-going civil war has led many Afro-Colombians to reach even farther than their nation's borders for recognition: many have made their way to the United States as refugees and as political activists working for peace in their homeland. The View from Chocó introduces the lives and struggles of a too-long neglected community of Colombian Blacks. 

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