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The entire 19 volume set of the series Biblioteca de Literatura Afrocolombiana, published by the Ministerio de Cultura of Colombia, is held at Memorial Library and also freely available online as PDFs.

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2011: International Year for People of African Descent

The declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent "offers a unique opportunity to redouble our efforts to fight against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance that affect people of African descent everywhere." (Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights)

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What is Afro-Latin America?

 Afro-Latin American refers to African roots within Latin America.

 This concept can refer to people, music, culture, cuisine, religion, arts and social class.

 With an estimated total poluation of 550 million, nearly 100 million Latin Americans are of African descent.

 In many countries within Latin America, the social view of African heritage varies.  Within Brasil, a majority of the population is of African descent.  In neighboring South American countries, this identity is less common.

 Most commonly, people of African descent are referred to by their nationality: Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brasilian, Afro-Mexican.

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This guide is:

  • for faculty and students
  • for resources at University of Wisconsin - Madison Libraries
  • about Afro-Latin America
  • includes both print and electronic sources
  • selective in nature and not intended to be a comprehensive list on the subject

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Thank you to Jesús Alonso Regalado of SUNY-Albany for many generous contributions to this guide.

This Subject Guide was created by Andrew Walsh, Laura Schmidli and Paloma Celis Carbajal, with assistance from Elizabeth Flores.

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