Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Jose Francisco Avila To Speak

Jose Francisco Avila To Speak In the Afro-Latinos in Central America and Mexico: Visibility and Identity Workshop At The 2010 Annual NCLR Conference In San Antonio  

July 7, 2010
New York, NY— The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization announces that president Jose Francisco Avila will be a panelist in the workshop Afro-Latinos in Central America and Mexico: Visibility and Identity, presented by the Inter-American Foundation and the Afro-Latin@ Forum during the 2010 Annual NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Conference, which will be held July 10–13 in San Antonio, Texas.
The common perception of Mexico and the Central American republics as “mestizo” nations usually ignores the historical and contemporary presence of Africans and their descendants. Instead, the focus on the European and indigenous components has resulted in distorted and incomplete national histories and the development of identities that privilege whiteness and marginalizes and makes invisible significant portions of the region’s population. This workshop brings together a panel of scholars and activists from Central America, Mexico, and the U.S. in a discussion of historical and contemporary issues that Afro-Latin@s confront and the ways in which they are facing these challenges.
The session’s panel of experts will also include Dr Juan Flores Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University (NYU) and Miriam Jiménez Román, a visiting scholar in the Africana Studies Program at New York University and Executive Director of Afrolatin@ Forum, coeditors of the recently published book The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States. Dr Flores will lead the panelists in a discussion on historical and contemporary issues that Afro-Mexicans and Central Americans here and abroad confront.
The 2010 NCLR Annual Conference, themed “A Legacy of Service, Advancing Community,” is the preeminent event for NCLR, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.  
The NCLR Annual Conference is the largest national gathering of its kind in the Latino community, serving as the meeting ground for community leaders, activists, and elected and appointed officials; members of the corporate, philanthropic, and academic communities; and youth. Last year’s Conference in Chicago contributed millions of dollars to the city’s economy and attracted an estimated 25,000 participants.