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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

The Evolution of Panama’s Black Ethnicity Day Celebration

Some groups of teachers and students proudly display their Etnia Negra fashion.

As the month of May approaches, we want to divert our attention momentarily from our chronicle and focus on the coming Black Ethnicity Day Celebrations here in Panama.

Although the undeniable presence of the Black African race has been genealogically, culturally and linguistically evident in Panama since before it became a Republic, it is only recently that real attempts have been made to recognize it in a significant way. Continue reading