Meet Arturo Schomburg, an Afro-Puerto Rican Historian Called "The Father of Black History"

Happy Black History Month, mi gente. Yes, we at Latina are not subscribing to Donald Trump’s “African American History Month” rename that erases the contributions of Afro-Latinxs in the U.S. and across the globe.

With that, here’s one Black Boricua you need to know: Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, a historian, writer and activist widely recognized as the “Father of Black History.”

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Press play above to learn the historia of a key Black and Latinx figure your schoolbook likely left out.

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Raquel Reichard, Politics & Culture Editor

Raquel is the Politics & Culture Editor and Latina magazine, writing on all things policy, social justice, cultura and health. Formerly at millennial news site Mic, Raquel's work can also be found at the New York TimesCosmo for Latinas, the Washington Post, the Independent and more. A proud NuyoFloRican chonga, when Raquel's not talking Latina feminism, racial justice, the "x" in Latinx or the prison industrial complex, she's going on and on about the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, Fla. Follow her on TwitterInstagram and Snapchat at @RaquelReichard.


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