AFRO-LATINO HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS
AFRICAN LEGACY IN THE AMERICAS:
From Toussaint Louverture, Alexandre Petion, and Simon Bolivar to Barak Obama
This exhibition deals with one of the most intriguing questions posed on the social status and legal rights of people of African descent in Latin America and the USA in the nineteenth century.
Although slavery was extremely cruel and brutal, people of African descent in Latin America could achieve greater social and political mobility, unlike their counterparts in the USA. In Latin America, the slave system was more open to freedom: physical cruelty was against the law and punishable; one could legally escape slavery; a freed slave could enjoy a legal status close to that of other citizens, they could even purchase a “whiteness certificate” (Gracias al sacar) and achieve privileges allowed only to white people. As a result, in the 19th century, they have an “acceptance” inconceivable in the USA of the same time.
Opening Reception: Wednesday Feb. 24, 2016 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Columbia College Chicago Library 3rd floor
624 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago IL. 60605 / Info (312) 369 7900
Dr. Ana Vicky Castillo PhD, is an Afro-Colombian founder and CEO of Afrolatinos Historical Society, which seeks to reclaim the legacy, the impact, and the contributions of the African Diaspora. Dr. Castillo is a Research affiliate of the Institute for Migration and International Social Work of the Loyola University School of Social Work and an educator at the Chicago Public Schools.
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