From pioneer professional baseball players Roberto Clemente and the White Sox’s Minnie Miñoso to “Queen of Salsa” Celia Cruz, Afro-Latinos have made a significant impact on American history.
A 2016 report by the Pew Research Center found that about a quarter of U.S. Latinos identify as Afro-Latinos. But often, while trying to embrace the duality of their identities, some Afro-Latinos feel they are not accepted as a member of either Black or Latino communities.
On Monday, WTTW News reporter Joanna Hernandez moderated the latest edition of our “Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices” community conversation about Afro-Latino history in Chicago, while touching on the nuances of multi-racial identities.
Hernandez was joined by Anyiné Galván-Rodríguez, an educator and the founder of the AfroLatina Natural blog; Yovanny Cabarcas, treasurer at the Afrolatino Historical Society in Chicago; and Sarah Taylor, founder and executive director of Yo Soy Ella.