Afro-Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba honored
in Newark By Karen Juanita Carrillo
On May 29, 2009 the Afro-Colombian
Senator Piedad Córdoba traveled to Newark, New Jersey and was honored by the non-profit Norma Lozano Jackson
Foundation (http://NLJF.org) for her work as a peace negotiator in war-torn Colombia.
Senator Piedad Córdoba with Dr Norma Jackson
of the NLJ Foundation. Photo credit: Karen Juanita Carrillo
Córdoba is a lawyer by trade and as Dr. Jackson said in her introduction, “Senator Cordoba is recognized
for her tireless efforts to obtain the inclusion of Colombian minorities in all aspects of society... The humanitarian agreement
that would allow the release of all kidnapped individuals presently in the jungles of Colombia is part of the Senator’s
daily struggle. She strongly opposes a military solution to the armed conflict in Colombia.
Jackson added that, “Senator Cordoba has been the victim of many attempts against her life, was kidnapped
twice and forced into exile in Canada for criticizing the long armed conflict in Colombia.”
In this video, journalist David Olmos
visits the Afro Colombian communities of Nueva Vida and Nueva Esperanza in Chocó. After
being displaced by the fighting between the Colombian military and guerrilla forces, these communities are re-establishing
their lives on new land -- and realizing they've been cheated out of their ancestral lands.
The Afro-Latin@ Reader:
History and Culture in the United States
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.
African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events
by Karen Juanita Carrillo
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.
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.
Raise Your Brown Black Fist is a collection of essays
written by Kevin Alberto Sabio during his time as a Contributing Writer for an online magazine.
The book combines his two article series, "Black
vs Brown" and "Black Thoughts: A Political Ideological Perspective
for Afrolatinos" into one volume, plus three other miscellaneous entries.The bookis currently available through his publisher, AuthorHouse.
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