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Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library
3160 16th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20010
The D.C. AfroLatino Caucus along with Friends of Casilda Luna committee are collaborating together with the community to honor Casilda Luna’s work and legacy. She worked closely with the Barney House, to create a program for the youth, which became the foundation of the Latin American Youth Center. From 1968 until her retirement, she worked as a social worker for Change Inc., a non-profit community based action agency that served the African-American and Latino communities in Washington, D.C. It is here, where she touched the lives of thousands of residents in navigating the system in providing services to an underserved community. Casilda Luna also established the Vida Senior Center in the 1970’s, the very first center to provide services to Latino senior citizens. Ms. Luna co-founded and organized the Hispanic Festival, known today as Fiesta DC, which will be celebrating forty-nine years, in 2019.
This panel discussion will focus on contributions and efforts from AfroLatinas, using Casilda Luna as a reference point of what has been accomplished and the needs/opportunities for AfroLatinas. We are looking to specifically emphasize areas of Public Health, Representation, Gender Inequalities and Intersectional AfroLatina issues in the diaspora.
Dr. Aisha Cort, Lecturer of Spanish at Howard University
Tonija Hope Navas, Director of Ralph J. Center
Alicia Sanchez Gill, Executive Director at Collective Action for Safe Spaces
Rosalyn Lake Montero, Spanish Teacher at Seed School of Washington
Johanna Figuera, History and Math Teacher at Washington Latin Public Charter School
Evette Hernandez, Certified Nurse Midwife/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and Owner of The Village Midwife