IV Inter-American Week for People of African Descent in the Americas

Image:Joseph Jean-Gilles (Haiti, b.1943)

IV Inter-American Week for People of African Descent in the Americas

Ending slavery’s legacy of racism: the imperative for strengthening justice and resilience in

Afro-descendant communities in the Americas in the face of Covid-19

March 22-26, 2021

In celebration of the IV Inter-American Week for People of African Descent in the Americas, the Office of the Assistant Secretary General, in collaboration with the AMA | Art Museum of the Americas, is pleased to present a virtual exhibition of artwork which highlights past and ongoing struggles of Afro-descendants in confronting the legacy of slavery. A vibrant depiction of Afro-life and culture, these images, many submitted by Member States and others which form part of the AMA collection, serve to amplify the voices and shared experiences of Afro-descendants who, through their tireless efforts and resilient spirits, have overcome atrocious adversity and injustice which plague our Americas.
Gisela Banzer(Argentina) La Capitana – María Remedios del Valle,2020 Acrílico y lápiz sobre tela, 100 x 100 cm.  Misión Permanente de Argentina – Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación

In keeping with the OAS Plan of Action for the International Decade for People of African Descent (2016-2025) approved at the Regular Session of the OAS General Assembly in June 2016 and which calls on Member States to, “highlight the positive nature of the contribution made by Afro-descendants as protagonists in constructing the region’s nations and their economic, political, cultural, social and historical contributions to development,” it is hoped that this art exhibition will lead to a greater understanding of the rich history and indomitable pride of Afro-descendants in the Americas.

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