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.
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.
Poet, composer, journalist, and folklorist helped raise awareness of Afro-Peruvian culture.
Lt. Estéban Hotense
Victoria Santa Cruz
Dubbed as the Mother of Afro-Peruvian culture, she is the wife of Nicomedus (above); a choreographer, composer, and social activist.
He is known as El Primero Negro (the First Black) fight under the South American liberator Simón Bolívar.
Thousands of Argentine blacks fought in Argentina's revolutionary war and on behalf of other South American countries seeking independence from Spain.
Colombia's First Black Senator
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.
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.
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
Raised in Kentucky (USA), he became a member of the famous all-black World War II Tuskegee Airmen.
Successful slave rebel, strategist, and guerrilla warrior built an alliance of escaped African slaves and indigenous people in Ecuador's black capital—Esmeraldas.
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.
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.
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
Black Bolivians Celebrating their African heritage
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.