12 Historic Afro-Latina Figures You Didn’t Learn About In History Class


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It’s no secret, history lessons aren’t as complete as we’ve been taught to believe. Entire nations have been erased, battles and revolts rewritten, and communities left out by design. For Afro-Latinxs, it’s taken a lot of digging to unearth our history both within the U.S. as well as across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Afro-Boricua scholar and activist Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, Cuban poet and political activist Nicolás Guillén, and Major League Baseball player Roberto Clemente, among others, are often recognized during Black History Month or Latino Heritage Month, but our rich histories and figures deserve to be acknowledged all year round within history books. Not always mentioned,  

Afro-Latinas have played a pivotal role in shaping our history throughout global movements. While there are many in entertainment, the arts, activism and beyond that have defined history, here are 12 Afro-Latina game changers who’ve made a lasting impact across the globe:

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