Afro-Latino Presentation at WSU for Black History Month: Dr. Marta Moreno

In celebration of Black History Month, the Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies at Wayne State University will be hosting Dr. Marta Moreno Vega on Tuesday, Feb. 12th, 12-1pm, in Room 289 Student Center Building.

A native of Spanish Harlem, NYC, MARTA MORENO VEGA, is founder and president of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), established the center in 1976, inspired by a vision to create an international organization to promote and link communities of African descendants wherever they are present.

Former director of El Museo del Barrio, she has conducted extensive research in Yoruba belief systems in the African Diaspora and has organized numerous international conferences uniting scholars and leading experts on African Diaspora religions. She is also co-founder of the Global Afro Latino and Caribbean Initiative (GALCI), a program of Hunter College/Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

Her publications include Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora (Arte Publico Press) and The Altar of My Soul (One World/Ballantine, 2001). She also directed and co-produced the documentary When the Spirits Dance Mambo: Growing Up Nuyorican in El Barrio. She has also written a personal memoir by the same name (Three Rivers Press, 2002).

Dr. Moreno Vega began her career as a New York City public school teacher. She is a graduate of New York University and received her Doctorate from Temple University in 1995.

She will be speaking on “Cultural Grounding: Establishing Common Sacred Connections within the African Diaspora,” Feb. 12, 2013, 12-1pm, 289 Student Center Building, Wayne State University. Free and open to the public

She will also speak at El Garage Cultural, 3439 Livernois, Detroit, on the same day, starting at 6pm.

For more information, please call 313 577-4378 or by email:

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