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Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic$
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Kimberly Eison Simmons

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036755

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036755.001.0001

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Africanidad and Afro-Dominican

Africanidad and Afro-Dominican

Alliances, Organizations, and Networks in the African Diaspora

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Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic

Kimberly Eison Simmons

University Press of Florida

This chapter moves away from the idea of mixture and Dominicanness to the African diaspora and connections with other people and places throughout the Americas. The acclaimed Dominican poet Chiqui Vicioso, for example, talks about her experience in the United States among African Americans as a consciousness-raising process. The chapter also focuses on a self-defined black feminist organization known as Casa de Identidad de las Mujeres Afro (House for the Identity of African-descended Women), founded in 1989 in Santo Domingo. For Identidad, “afro” is the umbrella term that encompasses “Afro-Dominican” and “mulato/mulata” to unbury the African past by reconstructing an identity which takes African ancestry into account.

Keywords:   African diaspora, Africanidad, alliances and organizations, Identidad, Dominicans, African Americans, reconstructing identity, African past

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