Marcia A. Santacruz Palacios (1977–)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Human rights activist and political scientist Marcia Alexandra Santacruz Palacios was born in Puerto Tejada, northern Cauca, Colombia, an area exploited by mining companies and whose largely poor Africa-descended population has resided for four centuries alongside indigenous peoples. Aware of the … Read MoreMarcia A. Santacruz Palacios (1977–)

Ericka Yadira Cruz Escalante (1981- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Ericka Yadira Cruz Escalante became the first Miss Mexico of African descent. With that victory she completed in the Miss Universe pageant in Roberto Clemente Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2002. Cruz was born in Mérida, Yucatán, México, on … Read MoreEricka Yadira Cruz Escalante (1981- )

Juan Valiente (1505 ca.–1553)

Diego de Almagro Leads First Spanish Expedition into Chile, 1535-1537. Juan Valiente is in the Expedition. “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Juan Valiente, a Spanish-speaking black conquistador, was born in Northwest Africa around 1505 and was enslaved and acquired by the Portuguese.  He was eventually purchased … Read MoreJuan Valiente (1505 ca.–1553)

Mururata, Bolivia (ca. 1851- )

Bolivian President Evo Morales with Afro-Bolivians, 2011 “Image Ownership: Public Domain” Mururata is a large village located in the tropical valleys of the Yungas region of Bolivia. Although the population of the village is small when compared to neighboring cities, the people who reside there … Read MoreMururata, Bolivia (ca. 1851- )