I LOVE me some Black History Month!
This is shocking because I never use to feel like this. Here, in a column I wrote for The Guardian, I talk about how folks will honor African American History but Afro-Latinos, our history and our heroes and heroines are left out. They’re also left out of Hispanic Heritage Month too but we’ll deal with that in September.
Listen, my black speaks Spanish. And I love learning about African American History. Love it. But I want to know about my history. Who are the people who fought in wars and made discoveries? Whose names are all but forgotten? What are the issues they have confronted and overcome?
What I love about social media and Twitter is that Afro-Latinos have been able to organize themselves a bit. Janel Martinez over at Ain’t I Latina? profiled Juliana Pache, creator of the hashtag #BlackLatinxHistory
— Ain’t I Latina? (@aintilatina) February 4, 2016
And it’s amazing! People are posting photos of our beautiful leaders, singers, creators. Past AND Present. How amazing is that!
We’re doing what I wanted to do when I wrote that piece in The Guardian, we regaining part of our narrative, part of the Black History narrative.
So to add to the work my fellow Afro-Latina sisters are doing, I’ve been putting together a Twitter list of Afro-Latinos– organizations, publications, people. As I find folks, I add them to the Twitter list and so that column on my Tweetdeck continues to grow.
It is empowering to see writers, creators, politicians, leaders, entrepreneurs tweet on this list. I hope you enjoy it.
Meanwhile, I saw this on Twitter and I wanted to share. Happy Black History Month!
— William Garcia (@webdubois2014) February 3, 2016
P.S. If you’re an Afro-Latino writer and you’re reading this, I’m working on something big you may be interested in.
And if you want to hear some Afro-Latina literature from some up-and-coming writers, you’re in luck!