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Afro-Colombian Day and Life – A Sofa Talk with Angelica Ricaurte Villalobos

15 May 2023

Join us right before Afro-Colombian Day (21 May) and hear from an inspiring human rights activist what it means to advocate for social justice in Colombia!
Angelica Ricaurte is an Afro-Colombian human rights lawyer (Universidad de Cartagena) and activist with over 10 years of professional experience in the field of human rights. She holds an LL.M. from The Pennsylvania State University, where she concentrated on ‘Law, Race, and Equity’ as a Fulbright fellow. She has served as a legal consultant for several NGOs in Canada, the United States, and Latin America.

Afro-Colombian Day or ‘Día de la Afrocolombianidad’ is an annual commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Colombia on 21 May 1851. 21 May is also the day of the first established free town in the Americas, Palenque de San Basilio. Afro-Colombian Day was first celebrated in 2001.

The organizers of Afro-Colombian Day hope to show the natives the importance of the Black population and the effect they have on the history of Colombia. Afro-Colombian Day celebrates the artistic, intellectual and social contributions of Afro-Colombians in Colombia. During the event, people celebrate through food, music, art and local folklore.

Together with Angelica, we will discuss why this day is important, where it came from and why, nowadays, we don’t give enough space and attention to mixed identities and the Black heritage.

We will meet on our virtual sofa for a conversation between Angelica Ricaurte and Anna Alboth, our Europe Media Officer, in our Sofa Talk series. Every time, we try to introduce you to a special woman from a minority or indigenous background. Check out our Facebook page’s videos to see whom we talked to in the past!

Make sure you tune in and hear Angelica and Anna and share your favourite quotes using the hashtag #MRGSofaTalk.

When? On 15 May 2023, 9-10 am (Bogota), 3-4 pm (London), 4-5 pm (Paris)

Where? Follow the event live on our Facebook page!

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