Felicita "Felli" Maynard
Felicita "Felli" Maynard

The Afrolatinx Project

The term Afrolatinx or Latinx is a gender-inclusive way of referring to people of Latin American descent. It is commonly used by activists and some academics; the term is still not used exclusively by the public.

I personally did not know the term Afro Latinx existed until my sophomore year of college in 2008. From adolescence to my young adult years I struggled with the idea that I had to choose between being Latino or Black, not realizing that I did not have to choose between either.

Having a visual representation of people who shared a similar story to me would have showed me to embrace all of me. In recent years there has been a lot more recognition of Afro Latin people, yet I still feel it is not enough. With representation comes understanding and I want the coming generation to be proud instead of confused. Through a look at my own family as well as close friends, I break down the complex and diversity that comes with identifying as Afrolatinx.