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Afro-Latinx Festival At Texas A&M Brings Communities Together Through Food And Music

Festival organizers say they work to highlight this oft-misunderstood culture.
By Lesley Henton, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications March 4, 2020

The 3rd Annual Afro-Latinx Festival at Texas A&M University brought awareness to the Afro-Latinx culture, which according to organizers are often misrepresented and underrepresented.

Nearly 150 people attended the program Feb. 28 at the MSC, which was designed to celebrate the Afro-Latinx community on campus. The event featured Latinx cuisine, salsa dance lessons from the student group Salsa Fusion, and music from Dejavu Latin Fusion Rhythms.

“Afro-Latinx” is a term that describes people who are from Latin American countries who have African heritage.

The festival highlights that there is diversity within the Latinx community around the world and on campus, said Karina Saldaña, co-director of education for MSC CAMAC, a Texas A&M student group that focuses on Latinx programming.

“The Afro-Latinx Festival is pivotal to our campus because it exposes the community to a cultural identity not well understood,” she said.

MSC CAMAC co-sponsored the event with MSC Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee (WBAC).

Media contact: Lesley Henton, 979-845-5591, lshenton@tamu.edu.

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