American Heritage Series: Afro-Mexico — Dec 4th —

30 Nov

The Central District Forum is continuing its American Heritage series with a special panel this Thursday on Afro-Mexican history. With ever-increasing immigration debates, this specific topic will shed light on how two American minorities have cooperated in the past. Tickets are only $5.00 for students with their Husky Cards!

American Heritage Series: Afro-Mexico
Co-sponsored by the Northwest African American Museum and the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington

Thursday, December 4, 2008
7pm at the Northwest African American Museum
2300 South Massachusetts St.; Seattle, WA (map)

American Heritage is an ongoing series of lectures and discussions that offer new perspectives on the role of African-Americans in American History. This is the first installment dealing with the African diaspora.The African presence in Mexico is rarely recognized or wildly known. Two hundred years before the United States abolished slavery, a community of free Blacks was established in the 1600’s in what is now Veracruz, Mexico. As a result, issues of nationalism, color and race are integral to the discussion of what it means to be Mexican. Join the CD Forum and a panel of experts as we discuss historical and contemporary issues of Afromestizo identity.

Moderator: Ileana M. Rodriguez-Silva, Ph.D, Assistant Professor-Latin American and Caribbean History at the University of Washington

Panelists: Sagrario Cruz Carretero, the curator of the Main Gallery exhibition from the University of Veracruz, is Mexico’s leading expert in the investigation of African history in Mexico; Naomi Andrade Smith, chef and owner of Villa Victoria/Cafe Mocambo; and Ben Vinson, Director -Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and author of Bearing Arms for His Majesty: The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico and Afromexico.

Tickets: $7/$5 for Students/seniors
Order online at or call 1-800-838-3006.


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