Tuesday, September 25, 2018

LATINO HERITAGE MONTH: A Black Pictorial Celebration

Hispanic (Latino) Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, addresses little, if any, of its racial diversity consisting of Asians, Blacks, Indigenous, Jews, Middle Easterners, Whites, and a mixture of some or all of the above.

The Latino (Hispanic) black population has been around for over a century before that of the African American. Thus, I am presenting  22 photos denoting Black History in Latin America.

 María Chiquinquirá

She was the first slave to win her freedom in a court battle changing the course of history for thousands of black woman in Ecuador.

Nicomedus Santa Cruz

 Poet, composer, journalist, and folklorist helped raise awareness of Afro-Peruvian culture.

Victoria Santa Cruz

Dubbed as the Mother of Afro-Peruvian culture, she is the wife of Nicomedus (above); a choreographer, composer, and social activist.

Statue of Lt. Pedro Camejo

He is known as El Primero Negro (the First Black) fight under the South American liberator Simón Bolívar.

Antonio Ruiz

Thousands of Argentine blacks fought in Argentina's revolutionary war and on behalf of other South American countries seeking independence from Spain.

Piedad Córdoba
Colombia's First Black Senator

Vicente Guerrero

Before becoming México's First Black President in 1829, he is credited for liberating México from Spain in 1810. He is the son of an African slave mother and a Mestizo peasant father.

 Rafael Cordero
Puerto Rico

A monument built in San Juan in honor of the Father of Education

Soul Food Cook

I had my tasteful enjoyment of this cuisine in Southern Perú where Afro-Peruvian recipes were passed down since slavery.

Mónica Chalá
former Miss Ecuador

Brigadier General Antonio Maceo

He was known as the Bronze Titan in Cuba's revolutionary war against Spain.

Arnaldo Temayo Mendes

World's first black Astronaut who flew with Russians in 1980.

 Lt. Estéban Hotense
Dominican Republic

Raised in Kentucky (USA), he became a member of the famous all-black World War II Tuskegee Airmen.

Alonso Illescas
Successful slave rebel, strategist, and guerrilla warrior built an alliance of escaped African slaves and indigenous people in Ecuador's black capital—Esmeraldas.

Statue of Gaspar Yanga

Originally from an area of West Africa now known as Gabón, this slave rebel created México's first free black town 200 years before the rest of México gained independence from Spain.

Remedios Del Valle

Known as the Madre de Patria (the Mother of her Country) having served in many military battles in defense of Argentina.

José Leandro Andrade

Decades before World Cup soccer star Pele, Andrade was know as the The Black Marvel who enchanted international soccer fans with effortless grace and elegance.

Ballumbrosio Family
El Carmen, Perú 

I am in the back (2nd from right) with Perú's famous music family with whom I stay every time I visit Perú. 

Black Heritage Celebration
Caracas, Venezuela 

Black Bolivians Celebrating their African heritage

Jorge Medina
First Black Senator

The Garinagu (Garifunas)
Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, & Nicaragua

In the Bronx borough of New York City, black immigrants from Central America celebrate their ethnic heritage. They speak Spanish, English, and their native tongue Garífuna.



  1. There is no portrait of an Afro-Panamanian on this list. For instance, Panamanian boxer Panama Al Brown was the first Latin American world champion in 1920s.

    1. Dear Unknown,
      I have a rule for deleting comments by those, like you, who are unknown, but you made a very valid point. I forgot about Panama Al Brown and Ismael Laguna. I will make it a point to add Al. Thanks. The next time you comment here, please use your first name or it will not be published.


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