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Marta Vega: Educating the Diaspora for 30 years

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
L N'Zinga Strickland (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
Sep 6-Sep 12, 2007
New York, NY
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, African diaspora, Caribbean Americans, Culture, Manhattan (New York), Moreno Vega, Marta, 1942-
The trailblazer, born in Spanish Harlem, who said she always knew she was "Puerto Rican and Black," started her journey in the '70s to learn more about her roots. She revealed that back then she personally felt she "didn't fit anywhere" because of a lack of knowledge of self and that she "looked around" and noticed her African-descendent students were suffering the same dilemma. Years later, the critically acclaimed scholar, who holds a doctorate from Temple University, is a published author of "When the Spirits Dance Mambo" and "The Altar of My Soul," also a film documentarían for "When the Spirits Dance Mambo," world traveler and a Lucumi/Santeria priestess initiated in Cuba. She's also an associate adjunct professor of AfroLatino studies at Hunter College and a co-director there of the Afro-Latino Global Initiative.