In honor of Black History Month, an annual acknowledgment of the achievements of the important events and people of the African diaspora and African American history, I want to talk about Afro-Latinos, a distinctive ethnic group very much a part of this celebration. Events in history created Afro-Latino communities whom cultivated diverse cultures that allowed music, films, books, cultural events and inspiring Latina influencers come to fruition. Let’s delve a bit into a new narration in travel, further understand and expose the multiplicity of Afro-Latinos, and essentially celebrate all of our differences.
Afro-Latinos are of African descent and Latino culture predominantly from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean who many have migrated to North America over time. Latin America and the Caribbean were the main destinations of the mass importation of Africans during the Atlantic slave trade between the 15th to the 19th centuries. The mixture of Africans along with the Spanish, Portuguese, French and indigenous ethos of the regions was a recipe for a society made up of all various types of ethnicities and colors.
Get more informed about the word Afro-Latino and its history at afrolatin@ forum and check out the NPR Latino USA podcast hosted by Maria Hinojosa about Afro-Latinos such as Marta Moreno Vega and Buika.