Afro-Latinx Festival

Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 at 1:00pm

Long Beach, CA 90801


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The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) invites you to learn more about the diversity of Afro-Latinx experiences directly from artists, scholars, and community organizers most actively bringing attention to contemporary Afro-Latinx communities and their histories. For over a decade, MOLAA has dedicated a day to?celebrating?the cultural impact of the African diaspora in the Americas through music, dance, and food at its Afro-Latinx Family Festival. MOLAA’s 2021 online festival spans almost two weeks and highlights the voices and experiences of Afro-Latinx through conversations, performances, and presentations.

All events will take place via Zoom and are free and accessible to the public.

The event was free to attend and available to anyone through the MOLAA YouTube Channel.

The Port of Long Beach is the Presenting Sponsor for the Afro-Latinx Festival 2021.


1:00pm - 2:30pm: Constructing Blackness through the Young Lords

Moderated by Omar Eaton-Martínez

This session seeks to interrogate the notion that blackness can only be expressed through a singular African American lens. The Young Lords are heirs to the Black Power Movement echoing the freedom cries of antiwar and black radicalism by African American organizations like the Black Panther Party and the Independence Movement in Puerto Rico by Afro Puerto Rican figures like Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, the movement's outspoken leader.

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Noel López, Afro-Cuban - dissertation on the Original Rainbow Coalition (Young Lords, Black Panthers, Young Patriots, etc)  

Dr. Johanna Fernández, Afro-Dominican - professor, curator and author “Radical History of the Young Lords”

Dr. Yasmin Ramirez, Afro-Puerto Rican - independent curator and curator (with Dr. Fernández) on “Presente! The Young Lords in New York)  

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Moderator: Omar Eaton-Martínez, M. Ed., Assistant Division Chief of Historical Resources, Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Natural and Historical Resources Division, Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation, 301-627-8507, Twitter @oeatonmartinez

Omar leads the Prince George’s County Historical Resources which include historical house museums, an aviation museum, the Black History Program and archaeological parks.  

He has recently worked at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, National Park Service, the Office of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission, NASA and he also was a K-12 teacher in NYC and DC. He has had a leading roles in racial equity organizations like Museums and Race: Transformation and Justice, Museum Hue as well as a part of the Museum as Site for Social Action project.  

His research interests are Afro Latinx identity in museum exhibitions, Diversity and Inclusion in museums and cultural institutions; and Hip Hop history, culture and education. Moreover, he has supported public history projects centering blackness in Puerto Rico.

In 2019, Omar was selected to be an American Alliance of Museums Diversity. Equity. Accessibility. Inclusion (DEAI) Senior Fellow, which is dedicated to diversify museum board and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In 2020, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Association of African American Museums.

Johanna Fernández is associate professor of History at Baruch College (CUNY) and author of The Young Lords: A Radical History. Dr. Fernández’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) lawsuit against the NYPD, led to the recovery of the "lost" Handschu files, the largest repository of police surveillance records in the country, namely over one million surveillance files of New Yorkers compiled by the NYPD between 1954-1972, including those of Malcolm X. She is editor of Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal and writer and producer of the film, Justice on Trial: the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Her awards include the Fulbright Scholars grant to the Middle East and North Africa, which took her to Jordan; and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in the Scholars-in-Residence program at the Schomburg Center. She directed and co-curated, ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York an exhibition in three NYC museums cited by the New York Times as one of 2015’s Top 10, Best In Art.  Fernández received a B.A. in Literature and American Civilization from Brown University and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Columbia University. She’s the host of A New Day, WBAI’s morning show, from 7-8am, M-TH, at 99.5 FM in New York.

6:00pm - 7:00pm: DJ Set with Zuri

DJ Set with Zuri

Performed by Zuri Adia.

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