“Rescuing Afro-Latino History” by CERLALC-UNESCO

Partner of the Biennale of Luanda, the Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and Caribbean (CERLALC) is an intergovernmental organization and category 2 center under the auspices of UNESCO based in Bogota, Colombia.

The project “Rescuing Afro-Latino history” arises from the necessity to highlight the uniqueness of Afro-Latin culture, and the relevance of differentiating it from the Anglo-Saxon and Continental paradigms, in terms of its history, heritage and culture in Ibero-America. Since the history of the Spanish conquest in the Americas and the rule of the Spanish empire, it is crucial to approach this matter form another perspective. Likewise, this Project seeks to bring the communities of Ibero-America closer to their African heritage, to understand that our region is a melting pot of cultures and we as iberoamericans share more with Africa than we actually believe. There is a lack of knowledge regarding the historical and cultural contributions of the Afro-descendant population in the Latin American culture and identity. This situation entails exclusion and ignorance about the shared history with Africa.

CERLALC (Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and Caribbean) is compromised to generate high-impact disclosure about Afro-Latin identity, due to the little academic dissemination of Afro-descendant history in Ibero-America. In that way, CERLALC has published scientific articles through its PhD in African Studies, and it has also been working in different projects in collaboration with Colombia and Brazil. On the other hand, it has the compromise to show the faces, programs, projects, ventures and historical data that have contributed to Latin societies.

Africa and Latin America, are much more united by their people, culture, and vulnerabilities than we usually think. Hence, CERLALC is committed to strengthening these ties through the Project. Thanks to the sponsorship of UNESCO and its role as an ally in this venture, it is possible to reach more people and communities not only in Latin America but also in Africa and even Europe. In that order, the Project invites any organization, government or individual to write to us and participate in this venture, through contributions, ideas, alliances and so on.

Finally, it is essential to achieve commitment to Afro-descendant roots in Ibero-America, and raise awareness about the African legacy and its incredible contributions to a culture as unique as the Latin culture.