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“It is my distinct honor to have been appointed as an adviser to the White House by President Joe Biden,” Murillo said. “I look forward to working closely with the Secretary of Education to help make up for lost ground at a time when we had been losing the battle to keep our focus on educational and economic equity, opportunity, and achievement, including attending college and beyond. The competitive strengths of our nation will continue to depend, to a large extent, on the positive educational outcomes of Latino students.”
The vibrant yet underrepresented Afro Latino community
Black Voice News
Oct. 4, 2022
Contributing to the growing number of exhibitions that examine Afrolatinidad and cultural experiences of Afro-Latinx communities is an upcoming project called Afróntalo that will be hosted by the California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) Anthropology Museum. The exhibit is expected to launch in September 2023 and will “explore the history, heritage and experiences of Afrolatine communities, with a focus on Afro-Mexico.”
Arianna Huhn, sociocultural anthropologist professor at CSUSB and the director of the Anthropology Museum, explained that the term “Afrolatine” — pronounced Afro-latin-ay — is used to refer to Afro-descendants who have heritage ties in Latin America and/or the Caribbean. The phrase is used in lieu of Afro-Latino, which emphasizes gender binaries, and Afrolatin@, which is historically associated with “cisgendered 1990s feminism.” Across the U.S., Afro-Latinx has been recognized as a more inclusive term that removes gender pronouns, but some surveys have found that the term is used infrequently.
The idea behind the Afróntalo exhibit started with Huhn participating in the Fulbright-Hays Seminar abroad program called “The Third Root: Exploring African Heritage in Mexico” in 2021. With her background in African Studies and Museum Studies, Huhn worked alongside local organizations based in southern California such as the International Society of Black Latinos and the Afro-Latinx Connections Club, a student club at the University of California, Los Angeles to plan, design and develop the components of the exhibit.
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