Category Archives: Black Ethnicity Day Celebration

Black Ethnicity Month Celebration in Panama 2017- Itinerary

The Etnia Negra Procession in Rio Abajo/ parque Lefevre 2017

Allow us to share the preliminary Etnia Negra activity announcements in the month of May for 2017 Continue reading

Afro Descendants of Latin America- Know Thyself Better

While we take some time off posting to do important lobbying work, meeting with officials and some backed up administrative work, check out some of the web sites and documents we have compiled below.  Some of them are extremely helpful and lead you to know the Diaspora and our Etnia Negra a little closer.  Continue reading

What Have We Got to be Proud of?

Image thanks to SITC USA

Not long ago a reader left a brief but cutting comment, a question really, “Black Ethnicity, what have we got so much to celebrate?  I hate black.”  Normally we dump these hateful reminders of people who still exist who find it easier to say “I hate…”  We published it with a response here and we promised ourselves we would take up this question of pride in future posts. Continue reading

Black Ethnicity Celebration in Panama

Panama’s Black community promises to offer some new and exciting events for the month of May in its Celebration of Black Ethnicity.  Panama is preparing to welcome representatives from African countries and their descendants in the first Afro Festival 2012 organized by government as well as non-governmental organizations. Continue reading

Panama is a ‘Sancocho’

Armando Fortune’s idea of Panama as a “sancocho“-a mixture of elements rather than a welding together- in contradistinction to the old oligarchy’s notion of Panama as a Crisol de las Razas – or a melting pot of races, seems somehow more accurate especially coming from a highly observant and eloquent Black man who lived the rigors of growing up black in Panama.  Continue reading

Armando Fortune- ‘Without the Black Race, Panama Would Not be Panama’

Image thanks to the Biblioteca Nacional

Were it not for the intellectual and literary legacy of Professor Armando Fortune (1921-1979) we of the Afro Panamanian ethnic group of Panama – especially the West Indian Panamanian group- would not be celebrating Black Ethnicity month today. Continue reading