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AMPLIFIED QUOTES

Quotes from today’s brightest Afro-Latinx Leaders

Carolina Trujillo

CAROLINA TRUJILLO

Community Relations Director
Essex Media Group

“I think the best way for me to amplify is to stop contributing to romanticizing the microaggressions that are present in the Latino culture, and start educating people about what they represent and the harm they carry. As a journalist, I strongly believe that language matters, proper terms matter, so it is time to stop allowing others to use my color to determine my identity in any way. It’s also time to end my own complicity by remaining silent.”

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DR. MARIEL NOVAS

Director of Partnerships & Engagement for Massachusetts
The Education Trust

“Wherever you go, there you are” – I live this mantra through and through. To make room for others who look like me, the best and only thing I can do is show up whole and take up space. I shine my light with pride, speak openly about my experiences and heritage, and hold people in and outside of our community accountable — with love.”

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Raquel Quezada

RAQUEL QUEZADA

Chief Executive/Founder
CEMDPCD Nonprofit Organization

“Being in Latino spaces and recognizing that one is Afro-Latina is like being in class and teaching everyone about a subject they think they know about but aren’t familiar with. …You don’t owe anybody an explanation of who you are. You just show them proudly and if they are confused or have inquiries, you answer them with a smile and patience. To change the narratives we must bring more awareness”

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ENNA JIMENEZ

Head of QA, Sr. Director, Quality Engineer
IDEMIA

“…It has been crucial for me to be clear on who I am, which meant understanding that my cultural history and ties are beautifully extensive. Reaffirming my identity—my blackness, my latinidad—and making space for people like me in all of the areas I walk through has been empowering, and contributes to the confidence I have today.”

Julia Mejia

JULIA MEJIA

Boston City Councilor At-Large
City of Boston

“I identify as Afro-Latina because I feel it best encapsulates the history of my identity. Being Dominican, I recognize that when our ancestors were abducted, the first port that they landed in was in the island of Española. That is why I claim my black roots. It is a part of how I speak and how I show up in this world. So I absolutely claim my Blackness.”

Jose Masso

JOSÉ MASSÓ

Broadcaster
WBUR

“…As our friend Alan West-Durán, author and Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages at Northeastern University, wrote in his article, “Afro Boricua?”– “Many of these terms, depending on attitude and tone, can be expressions of endearment, grudging acceptance, contempt, or condescension.”
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