Highlighting Latinx Heritage With Not-So Quiet Conversations

Latinx Heritage Month

Each year Latinx Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th – October 15th, and is a time to honor the rich cultures and contributions of Latinx folks in the U.S.

Throughout the month we will publish personal stories from Latinx-identifying women in our state, that focus on culture and current events, so stay tuned! Here are a few articles we’ve published on Latinx identity in the past:

➡️ Afro-Identity: The Invisible Identity

➡️ Sofia Enriquez: Art and Latinx Heritage

➡️ Mental Health and the Stigma in the Latinx Community

Our fellow board member Stephany Mejia, who was born to Nicaraguan-Dominican parents and raised in New York City, wanted to share some important articles on Latinx identity that relate to anti-blackness in the community, and other issues close to her.

➡️ Y’all Don’t Want To Talk About This, But We Must: Sexual Abuse In Black And Brown Communities

Why this article is important: It’s written by a Black, Dominican woman on the topic of sexual abuse in black and brown communities.

➡️ Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo

Why this article is important: Focuses on Dominican writers and the “good hair” and “bad hair” dichotomy that exists in almost every corner of the world where anti-blackness exists.

➡️ Achieving Cultural Equity: A Call and Response with Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

Why this article is important: An article by Dr. Marta Moreno Vega a Black Puerto Rican woman, activist, scholar, who has had an immense influence in NYC. She is the founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and she led El Museo del Barrio. She is one of the founders of the Association of Hispanic Arts, and founded the Network of Centers of Color and the Roundtable of Institutions of Colors.

Stephany Mejia is a first generation child of immigrants, her New York City roots and passion for equity and justice are inspired by her early life experiences. She is a social worker, DJ, yoga teacher and plant parent. She’s also a Women AdvaNCe board member. 

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