In 1502, a mere ten years after Columbus sailed the ocean blue and turned its tides to blood, for the first time in history, Africans and Native Peoples met in Aiyiti (current day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and united against the Spanish. According to historian Matthew Restall, in his book Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest, in 1502, the Governor of Hispaniola, “Nicolás de Ovando, brought Africans to act as auxiliary conquerors,” but instead of slaughtering the Taínos for their own profit and eventual freedom, the Africans “joined the native resistance.”
In celebration of 516th anniversary of Native and African anti-colonial unity in the Americas and the Caribbean, CLACS is hosting a presentation and conversation by notable and renowned leaders Miriam Miranda and Tom Goldtooth on the importance of this legacy for protecting Mother Earth and the future of humanity.
About the speakers:
Miriam Miranda is the General Coordinator of Grassroots International partner OFRANEH, the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras, which organizes Garifuna communities in defense of ancestral territory along the Atlantic coast of Honduras.
Tom Goldtooth is a Native American environmental, climate, and economic justice activist, speaker, film producer, and Indigenous rights leader within the climate and environmental justice and indigenous movement. Tom is active in local, national and international levels as an advocate for building healthy and sustainable Indigenous communities based upon the foundation of Indigenous traditional knowledge.
About the moderator:
Wynnie Lamour is an educator with a focus on Language & Communication. She has spent the last several years teaching Haitian Creole in the New York City metro area to a wide array of language learners, including non-profit professionals, public school teachers, and entrepreneurs. Her experiences growing up in Brooklyn as a Haitian-American have provided her with a unique perspective as an educator, allowing her an ease that comes when one is equally comfortable in both cultures and languages. Wynnie has a BA in Linguistics from Cornell University and an MA in Urban Affairs from CUNY Queens College. Wynnie's philosophy of teaching is rooted in the idea of "Mindfulness", which promotes community and connectedness, while establishing a sense of pride and respect for both the Haitian language and culture.
The conversation will be conducted in English and Spanish. Interpretation will be available.
This event is co-sponsored by the Native Studies Forum at NYU, the History Department at NYU, the Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York, Grassroots International and the American Indian Community House.
This event is free and open to the public.