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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Africa in Colombia: First Free Black Community in the Americas Continues Its Struggle

"Four hundred years ago," Garry Leech writes on Colombia Journal, "Afro-Colombians living along Colombia's Caribbean coast would cry when a child was born because the youth was destined to suffer a life of slavery under Spanish colonial rule. And when an Afro-Colombian died, people would engage in a nine-day and nine-night wake to celebrate the deceased's return to Africa. Back then it appeared that death was the only path to liberation. But today, parents in the remote village of San Basilio de Palenque no longer cry when their children are born thanks to the bravery and resilience of their ancestors, who successfully gained freedom from the Spanish crown in 1603. The contemporary residents of San Basilio de Palenque-simply called Palenque by locals-claim to live in the first free black community in the Americas and they have sent a letter to Barack Obama inviting the first black president of the United States to visit their village. "We are inviting Barak Obama and we hope he will visit us," explains community leader Enrique Marquéz. "We are not going to ask him for anything. We only want him, and all the blacks and all the people of the world, to learn about Palenque."

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The Sound of My Footsteps: Narratives of Migratory Jamaican immigrants

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Interviews with over 30 Jamaican immigrants on their pre-migratory perceptions of New York and England

 
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The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States
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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
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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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 Raise Your Brown Black Fist is a collection of essays written by Kevin Alberto Sabio during his time as a Contributing Writer RaiseYourBrownBlackFist.jpgfor 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 book  is currently available through his publisher, AuthorHouse. 
 
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