Afro-Latinos in Washington and the Diaspora: Manifesting Their Culture, Contributions and Challenges

Washington, D.C. [CapitalWirePR] February 13, 2014 – The District of Columbia Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, in collaboration with ACADA and the Afro-Latino Alliance, will host two public programs during Black History Month focused on Afro-Latinos.

The first program will be an interactive public forum that will include a panel of experts addressing issues that impact the Afro-Latino community locally and globally. The second event will be an awards ceremony recognizing the contributions of Afro-Latinos and allies to the Washington metro area.

“The Office of the Mayor on Latino Affairs is very pleased to be part of these historical events. We recognize with great pride the numerous and significant contributions that Afro-Latinos have made to our area and we want to educate the large DC community of these contributions which have enriched the cultural and artistic landscape of our city,” said Roxana Olivas, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA).

The first program is designed to make the larger DC community aware of the myriad challenging issues confronting the Afro-Latino community not only in the United States, but also throughout the Americas.

The public forum is entitled “AFRO-LATINOS IN THE DIASPORA: HISTORY, CULTURE AND CHALLENGES IN ASSERTING THEIR RIGHTFUL AFRICAN IDENTITY”

WHEN: February 18, 2014

WHERE: GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW; Washington, DC 20010

TIME: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The event is open and free to the public. Interpretation will be provided.

“AFRO LATINO RECOGNITION AWARDS CEREMONY:

CELEBRATING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRO-LATINOS IN ADVOCACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, EDUCATION, VOLUNTEERISM AND THE ARTS.”

This awards ceremony is to recognize not only Afro-Latinos, but others who have demonstrated significant efforts in advancing the Afro-Latino cause. It is widely acknowledged that Afro-Latinos suffer from racism, discrimination and social exclusion and as a result, are seldom recognized for their contributions.

The awards ceremony aims to correct that omission and publicly recognize the historical and numerous contributions that Afro-Latinos have made in the Washington Metropolitan area, as well as the Americas.

WHEN: February 19, 2014

WHERE: GALA Theatre, 3333 14 St. NW; Washington DC 20010

TIME: 6:00 to 9:00 PM

This event is open and free to the public. Interpretation will be provided.

The mission of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) is to improve the quality of life of the District’s Latino residents by addressing a broad range of social and economic needs through strategic management of public and private partnerships, expertise on policy, community relations, civic engagement and community-based grants.

ACADA is a cultural organization under the leadership of Vicky Leyva, a Peruvian singer residing in the Washington Metropolitan Area who also dedicates her work to educating the public on cultural and artistic issues related to the Afro-Latino community.

The Afro-Latino Alliance is a newly formed group dedicated to the advancement of the Afro-Latino community through advocacy, education and coalition building.

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