Thursday, April 14, 2011
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH; Afro-Colombians and Senator Cordoba
The term Afro-Colombian is used to define Colombians of African heritage. The Afro-Colombian population has its roots in various parts of the African continent. Although Afro-Colombian communities are very diverse, they share some similarities such as ethnicity, history, social organization, family structure, sense of identification and traditional and religious practices. Senator Piedad Córdoba is an Afro-Colombian Senator who was born in Medellin on January 25, 1955. She is also a lawyer. She is famous for being a strong advocate for social justice and constant supporter of legislation that addresses all the ‘isms’ so that Colombian racialized minorities can have better opportunities for a better future. Afro-Colombians make up close to 40 percent of Colombia's people.