WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

A Conversation on Race, African Culture, and the Rights of Afrodescendants in the Americas

Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Washington, DC


Willie Baker
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)

Deyni Eufemia Terry Abreu
Artist, lawyer, and activist for Afro-Cubans

James Early

Euclides Rengifo Cordoba

Tuesday, April 18, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
1666 Connecticut Ave N.W., Suite 400
Washington D.C.

This event will be held in English and Spanish, with simultaneous translation available. A livestream will be available at www.wola.org.

Please RSVP to Sebastian Bernal at sbernal@wola.org or (202) 797-2171.

Please join us for a discussion on race, the rights of afro-descendants, and how culture and the arts serve as a platform of resistance to obstacles faced by the African diaspora in the Americas. The conversation will feature leading activists who are engaged in multiple forms of advocacy on these topics. This event is cosponsored by WOLA, the Yóruba Cuba Association, the Cultural Organization of the Union of Afrodescendant Heritage (UNIAFRO), and United Steelworkers.

Willie Baker is a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU). The CBTU has been engaged in supporting ethnic minorities in Colombia by supporting the Ethnic Commission’s global campaign to guarantee an inclusive, ethnic rights-based approach to peace implementation in Colombia. Mr. Baker recently returned from a delegation led by Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) to Colombia.

Deyni Eufemia Terry Abreu is the founder of the Alliance for Racial Unity, an organization dedicated to defending cultural and civil rights for people of African descent. She is active in cultural organizations, including the Moors and Christians United in the Arts—a community arts center that provides arts training to troubled youth—as well as the Women of African Descent Network, and the Yoruba Cultural Association of Cuba.

James Early, a long-time activist, is engaged in addressing racial discrimination, the legacy of slavery, and obtaining reparations for afro-descendants in the Americas and the Caribbean. He most recently participated in the Cali conference on Afro-Colombians and reparations in Colombia.

Euclides Rengifo Cordoba runs UNIAFRO, a cultural arts organization in Washington, DC, whose mandate is to raise awareness of African culture and history with a view to addressing racism and the rights of afro-descendants in Colombia.