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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Women's History Month: BLACK LATIN AMERICA




Women's History Month is an annual declared month celebrated during March in the United States, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8. However, on this blog, I will spend the month of March celebrating the black women I admire in Latin America. In March 2011, in my post Celebrating Latinas I celebrated the likes of the following:

Monica Carrillo of Perú, head of a black Peruvian civil rights organization Lundú.

Piedad Cordoba, Colombia's first black senator.

María Chinquiquirá, a slave women who won her freedom by outsmarting her slave master in an Ecuadorian courtroom.

Adelina Ballumbrosio, Perú, mother of the late great master of Afro-Peruvian music Amador Ballumbrosio.

Toña Negra, México, singer known for her interpretation of boleros, sones, and rumbas.

Victoria Santa Cruz, Perú, composer, choreographer and daughter of the greatest exponent of Afro-Peruvian culture Nicomedes Santa Cruz

Lucresia, Spain (by way of Cuba), singer who mixes of traditional Cuban music with, salsa, jazz, and boleros.

María Elena Moyano, Perú, community organizer and activist who courageously stood up in the face of death to protest violence and abuse against women.