To commemorate the United Nations Declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent, the afrolatin@ forum announced a three-day transnational conference on Black Latinos and Latinas in the United States.
A number of institutions have partnered with the afrolatin@ forum to produce the conference, including: the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Center for the Humanities of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, El Museo del Barrio, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
The Conference will open November 3 at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, will continue November 4 at the CUNY Graduate Center, and will conclude November 5 at El Museo del Barrio. The Conference is open to the public.
The Black Latin@ population in the United States is largely overlooked and generally misunderstood. The conference, the first of its kind to focus on this population, seeks to promote dialogue and mutual understanding among and between Afro-Latin@s, the broader Latin@ and African American populations, and the general public of all backgrounds.
The afrolatin@ forum and other participating organizations aim to expand and solidify the widening network of educators and activists working on related themes, and to begin defining the key educational and policy issues that bear on the recognition and empowerment of Black Latin@s in the U.S.