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Dr. James Jennings

DR. JAMES JENNINGS

Why is identifying as a Black Latino/Afro Latino important to you?

There are two responses that I will offer. Acknowledging and celebrating one’s roots brings self-respect. If you are going into an educational system where your culture is not celebrated or acknowledged it is difficult to then, navigate society.

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Gwendolyn McCoy

GWENDOLYN MCCOY

Why is identifying as a Black Latino/Afro Latino important to you?

It’s important to me because it is who I am. As a child raised in Boston predominantly with my mother, who was from the South, I struggled with the fact that I have family members that I didn’t understand.

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Christopher Flores

CHRISTOPHER FLORES

Why is identifying as a Black Latino/Afro Latino important to you?

It’s important to me as an educator and a person with my platform, ex international basketball player from Honduras, to provide representation for the youth and other individuals of black and brown communities in my spaces, Honduras, here in Boston community as well.

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Denise Isaac

DENISE ISAAC

Why is identifying as a Black Latino/Afro Latino important to you?

For me it is important. It’s tough here. I did not start using the word till 5 years ago because it was resonating more to me at the time. The importance of being Afro Latina is a complete different genre from the norm.

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ROSARIO UBIERA-MINAYA

Why is identifying as a Black Latino/Afro Latino important to you?

As I was growing up in the Dominican Republic, because of the color of my skin and the way I look, I was treated differently by some friends and relatives. I was trying to figure out who I was.

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Naheem Garcia

NAHEEM GARCIA

Why is identifying as a Black Latino/Afro Latino important to you?

It is important because Black Latinos need a voice. We are always chalked over as other things and not as the Black Latinos that we are. We are looked over and ignored and looked in disbelief.

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Sendy Suazo

SENDY SUAZO

Why is identifying as a Black Latino/Afro Latino important to you?

I think for me in particular because I grew up in both places it was because of my family. The value and the significance was at the forefront for me. I only had black dolls growing up as a kid.

Danilo Avalon

DANILO AVALON

Why is identifying as a Black Latino/Afro Latino important to you?

For me, it is exactly who I am. That shows you everything of what you are. I say this to my kids. I want them to see the culture. They see us as Black and only know we are Latino when […]

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