We do a lot with discovering Native Americans and with European influence on Latin American Cultures and Language, but we pay too little attention to the African influence, in my humble opinion. Here are some resources that better equip us to understand this area.
An overview over at Cultural Diplomacy dot org
The African Music Encyclopedia. (Very important to Latin American culture/music!)
York University in Canada has a great digital library of studies in African Diaspora (history).
LANIC from The University of Texas has a wonderful list here. They include The Miami Herald‘s 2007 Project called A Rising Voice which is very well-done. There are movement-oriented organizations like the Afro-Latin Project. AfroPresencia is great for news on related topics and current information. If you scroll down past the first menu, they have a list of links by country. Let’s raise our consciousness about the huge importance of African influence on the cultures we’re studying so dilligently in our Spanish classes!
In a general sense, during Black History Month, it’s also great to know about resources that deal with our own local history. Ever visited the Civil Rights Digital Library? Or UVA’s related electronic text center? For a nice world-wide approach that pays special attention to media, visit VoxAfrica!
Thanks to FotoSearch for the clip art!