Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora
Edited by Marta Moreno Vega, Marinieves Alba and Yvette Modestin. Houston: Arte Publico Press, 2012. 233pp. $24.95. ISBN: 978-1-55885-746-9
Saturday, September 15, 2012
by: Dana Rosen-Perez

Section: Adult Book Reviews

Reviewed by Dana Rosen-Perez, MLIS Student, Rutgers University, NJ.

The complex identity of Latinas of African descent, and the personal stories and projects of a selection of Afro-Latina activists and advocates, are explored in this similarly multidimensional book.  The eleven essays in English and four poems in Spanish that comprise this work are sometimes academic in tone, sometimes political, sometimes even spiritual but always personal and engaging to read. The contributors, who hale from all over Latin America, examine their own cultures and family histories as a first step in advocating for racial and cultural equality. The editors of this book have careers in fields including academia, the arts and grassroots organizing.

A stronger introduction, synthesizing the themes in the essays and poems as well as an appendix listing the myriad organizations and conferences that are mentioned by the authors, would have improved on this already noteworthy book.

Recommended for academic libraries supporting Women's Studies, African American Studies, Latin American Studies, Puerto Rican Studies, Chicano Studies, etc., as well as special library collections focused on social justice, racial equality or activism.

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