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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama, and Global Great Expectations

By Karen Juanita Carrillo

With Barack Obama's election to serve as the 44th president of the United States, celebrations broke out in Harlem, Fort Green, Brooklyn and in various predominately Black neighborhoods across the United States.

But the celebrations that took place beyond U.S. borders may have been even grander. The excitement Afro Latino activists felt can be seen in the emails they sent, in which they spoke about what an Obama presidency means for their communities and their nations:

"Right now, we are celebrating this triumph in all of the African descendant communities of Colombia and I want to congratulate all of you up there for all of the work you did to createVotingbooth.jpg this electoral win," said an exultant Jose Luis Rengifo Balanta, who works with an activist organization in Colombia: "Today, for the first time in history, we have a president who embodies all of the dreams of all of the Black people in the world."

The selection is made:  Obama for President.

(Karen Juanita Carrillo photo)

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The Sound of My Footsteps:

Narratives of Migratory Jamaican immigrants

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Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants

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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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