The Central American Afro-Latino(a) Diaspora Forum

From: GALENT

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New York – January 16, 2020 – Garifuna Afro-Latino Entertainment, LLC (DBA GALENT), a diversified Afro-Latino(a) digital publisher, creative agency, and entertainment company is pleased to announce ¿Y Nosotros Qué? The Central American Afro-Latino(a) Diaspora Forum. Saturday, April 25, 2020, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, at Hostos Community College, 120 E. 149th Street, D Building / Savoy Manor Building, The Bronx, NY 10451. The forum is an integral component of a campaign to raise awareness and to achieve an accurate count of Afro-Latino(a)s in the 2020 Census. Due to limited space, we require you to RSVP your attendance by clicking here to complete the RSVP Form.

GALENT’s mission is to celebrate the accomplishments, achievements and contributions of Afro-Latino(a)s, informing, entertaining and empowering them. It promotes recognition of and respect for Afro-Latino(a) culture, history and heritage. It operates by the guiding principles of Recognition, Respect and Inclusion.
The forum will commemorate the 196th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras on April 24, 1824. The forum will feature a historical account, followed by conversations among and between the Central American Afro-Latino(a) communities in New York City. Speakers include:

·  Dr. Norma Edinora Brooks de Cherenfant, Honduras Congresswoman representing the department of Francisco Morazán. She is a member of the Honduras Afro-descendant Congressional Caucus.

· Dr. Mirtha Colón, President of the Central American Black Organization (CABO/ONECA), President of Alianza Americas, and   President of Hondurans Against AIDS, Inc.

·  Janel Martínez, Writer & Founder of Ain’t I Latina? an online destination geared toward Afro-Latinas.

· Abelardo Guerrero, Jr., Author of the Book “My Journey with Dr. Sebi”, Producer and CEO of Mr. G. Media

· Samuel Brooks, President Mott Haven Historic Districts Association and Co-Chair, Bronx Borough Landmarks Committee.

· Cecil Brooks, Jr., Program Manager, Regulatory Reform NYC SBS

· Thurito Martínez, President of Thurito Martinez Enterprise

· José Francisco Ávila, Managing Member of GALENT and Chairperson of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc

·       Additional speakers to be announced


Central American Afro-Latino(a)s are nuanced and include culturally differentiated Ethno-racial groups such as Garifuna, Creole/Kriol, and Miskito/Miskitu, with their own language, culture and history.

The objective is to utilize the historical connection of the Afro-Latino(a) diaspora experience to structure a conversation that will strengthen bonds, and identify common sources of inspiration, and celebration.

It aims to develop an inspiring transformational agenda toward solid coalitions and alliances across the New York City Afro-Latino(a) Diaspora in the U.S. and across the Latin American hemisphere. Topics include:

·       Historical account of Afro descendants in Central
·       Afro descendants Movement in Central America
·       The Central American Afro-Latino(a) Experience and the NOW Generation
·       The Central American Afro-Jamaican (Creole) Diaspora
·       An accurate count of Afro-Latino(a)s in the 2020 Census
·       Additional Topics to be announced

About GALENT 
Based in the Bronx, New York, GALENT launched in 2013 GALENT operates by the following guiding principles:

Recognition, GALENT celebrates the accomplishments, achievements and contributions of Afro-Latino(a)s, informing, empowering, entertaining and advocating for them.

Respect GALENT promotes recognition of and respect for Afro-Latino(a) culture, history and heritage.

Inclusion GALENT promotes the process of improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of Afro Latino(a)s to take part in society, through an inclusion framework of access to products, and services.