AfroMundo Festival: Beyond the Pale Literary Event
April 17, 2022
A literary reading and discourse with Puerto Rican and Dominican authors Mayra Santos Febres, Eleuterio Santiago Díaz and Loida Maritza Pérez. “Beyond the pale” is a British colonial phrase for those who, for living beyond borders and boundaries, actual or imagined, were considered beyond the rule of law and of accepted social norms. The phrase further suggests “otherness” and has since taken on racial connotations, as in not white; dull, savage, incompetent, dark, backwards; heathen; diabolic, transgressor, hence illegal. Authors will read works and discuss the stigmas associated with those in the Caribbean who practice Afro traditions.
Free community event
Shared Roots: A Celebration of Afro-Latinx Culture
AfroMundo was born of a desire to counter alienation and marginalization by fostering civic engagement. It was therefore founded on the principles of convite—an age-old collaborative tradition that enables community members to pool their talents and scarce resources for rituals of life, socialization and mutual support, whether to collectively harvest each other’s fields, erect homes, tend to the sick, bury the dead, celebrate Feast Days or organize festivals, thus strengthening communal bonds and ensuring that no one toils, grieves or celebrates alone.
In the spirit of convite which takes into account that communities are wellsprings of wisdom, talents and skills, AfroMundo is a diverse, multigenerational collective of tradition bearers, storytellers, community historians, artists, cultural specialists and humanities scholars with the shared goal of nurturing community through meaningful traditional as well as contemporary cultural, artistic, and humanities programs designed to nourish the soul, address inequities, spark informed dialogues, and establish alliances to combat racism and bias.
For other festival activities please go to AfroMundo.org or AfroMundo Organization on Facebook.