In celebration of Black History Month, Remezcla’s Jenay Wright focuses on eight Afro-Latinos (all of Caribbean descent) that should be recognized for their contributions to United States history. Wright provides short biographies for Julia de Burgos (Puerto Rico), José Celso Barbosa (Puerto Rico), Gwenn Ifill (Panamanian/Barbadian), Felipe Luciano (Puerto Rico, shown above), Miriam Jiménez Román (Puerto Rico), Arturo Schomburg (Puerto Rico), Piri Thomas (Puerto Rico), Silvia del Villard (Puerto Rico). Wright explains:
While we commonly learn about imperative African-American figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, and many others, we don’t often hear about the importance of Afro-Latinos in the United States. Because Black and Latino are incorrectly seen as mutually exclusive, Afro Latinos find themselves overlooked.
As we acknowledge and honor Black heritage, here are eight Afro Latinos whose important contributions to US history should not go unrecognized during Black History Month or the rest of the year.
For full article with bios, see http://remezcla.com/lists/culture/afro-latinos-contributions-us-history-literature-culture/