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
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
Rio Abajo, one of the most populous districts of Panama City with a high concentration of Black residents, just celebrated their Black Ethnicity Day Celebration parade – Desfile de la Etnia Negra- with resounding success. Continue reading
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
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
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