Luz Marina will review the history of Afro Colombians, and discuss the ways that the current social and political situation in Colombia particularly affects Afro-descendents.
Presentation and Reception
Born in 1973 in Chocó, Colombia, Luz Marina has worked as activist for Afro-Colombian rights since the 1990s. She and her colleague Marino Cordoba are now renowned leaders of the Afro Colombian movement in the region of Chocó and beyond. In 1998 Luz was displaced by paramilitary groups and fled to a refuge in Bogotá. Since 1999 she has been an integral part of the Organization of Displaced Afro Colombians (AFRODES), and in 2002 was elected General National Secretary.
For her diverse and dedicated work as Colombia's General National Secretary of AFRODES, Luz Marina has become a recognized leader of and speaker for the National Colombian Women's Movement, the National Women's Afro Colombian Movement, children's youth issues, labor and worker rights, indigenous issues, and displaced Afro Colombian rights. Luz is especially dedicated to working with children and women of African descent in Colombia, who struggle on a daily basis to defend their rights to territory, social and economic justice, political participation, and cultural autonomy.
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
4357B Public Policy Bldg.
enter Hilgard Ave. and Wyton Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is $8 in lot 3.
Reception and Presentation
Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Latin American Institute, UCLA Student Association for Latin American Studies (SALAS), UCLA African Activist Association. Additional funding provided by the Graduate Student Association