ERIC Number: EJ1077580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Reference Count: 19
A Shared Heritage: Afro-Latin@s and Black History
Busey, Christopher L.; Cruz, Bárbara C.
Social Studies, v106 n6 p293-300 2015
As the Latin@ population continues to grow in the United States, it is imperative that social studies teachers are aware of the rich history and sociocultural complexities of Latin@ identity. In particular, there is a large population of Latin@s of African descent throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America. However, Afro-Latin@s typically go unrecognized in the media and, concomitantly, the social studies curriculum. Portrayals of Latin@s are often inaccurate or stereotypical, advancing the idea that most Latin@s are solely of European or indigenous descent. The authors call for the inclusion of Afro-Latin@s in historical narratives as well as portrayals of Latin@s in social studies curricula. Understanding and incorporating the historical and societal complexities and contributions of Afro-Latin@s are crucial to establishing a conceptual understanding of Black history as it exists within, and extends beyond, the borders of the United States. In this article a brief history of Afro-Latin@s is presented, along with attendant challenges and possibilities for the social studies curriculum. Appropriate pedagogy is discussed and resources (both print and online) for incorporating Afro-Latin@s into the American history curriculum are also provided.
Descriptors: Heritage Education, Black Studies, Social Studies, Latin American History, Social History, Race, Educational Resources, Curriculum Enrichment, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, Foreign Countries
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