<i>Africanidad</i> and Afro-Dominican

Kimberly Eison Simmons

in Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036755
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041858 | DOI:
Africanidad and Afro-Dominican

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This chapter moves away from the idea of mixture and Dominicanness to the African diaspora and connections with other people and places throughout the Americas. The acclaimed Dominican poet Chiqui Vicioso, for example, talks about her experience in the United States among African Americans as a consciousness-raising process. The chapter also focuses on a self-defined black feminist organization known as Casa de Identidad de las Mujeres Afro (House for the Identity of African-descended Women), founded in 1989 in Santo Domingo. For Identidad, “afro” is the umbrella term that encompasses “Afro-Dominican” and “mulato/mulata” to unbury the African past by reconstructing an identity which takes African ancestry into account.

Keywords: African diaspora; Africanidad; alliances and organizations; Identidad; Dominicans; African Americans; reconstructing identity; African past

Chapter.  9102 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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