"The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian past, their lives in the present, and their hopes for the future" is an introduction to the lives of Blacks in Colombia. Afro-Colombians live in a resource-rich yet remote region of Colombia. They only recently won recognition as one of that nation's distinct ethnic groups. But Colombia's on-going civil war has led many Afro-Colombians to reach even farther than their nation's borders for recognition: many have made their way to the United States as refugees and as political activists working for peace in their homeland. "The View from Chocó" introduces Americans to the lives and struggles of a too-long neglected community of Colombian Blacks.
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KAREN JUANITA CARRILLO is a Brooklyn, New York-based writer and photographer. She specializes in covering African American and Afro-Latino history, literature, and politics. Carrillo has presented lectures at the 62nd Annual DPI NGO Conference in Mexico City, at New York City's Columbia University, at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus, at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, and she has spoken with Coro Fellows about the importance of "Media and Diversity." In 2004 she was a special guest on "Alo Presidente" - the nationwide governmental television program in the country of Venezuela - where she spoke about the similarities and differences in the lives of African Americans and Afro-Venezuelans. Carrillo has also been a featured guest speaker on the "Afrikaleidoscope" radio program on New York City's Pacifica station, WBAI-FM; on the "Caribbean View with René Bishop" radio program on New York's WWRL-AM; and on the Atlanta, Georgia-based Black Family Channel's "Urban View" news program. In 2002, she was awarded the National Newspapers Publishers Association's "Perspective Reporting Award: For human-interest coverage of the impact of September 11th, highlighting diverse perspectives in African American communities." In 2003, she was a New California Media Awards winner in the "Civil Liberties" reporting category. In 2005, she received the New York Association of Black Journalists' first prize award for "General/Spot News" reporting and in 2008, she won the NYABJ's second place prize award for "International News" reporting. Karen Juanita Carrillo is a co-founder of the website Afropresencia.com. Carrillo is a United Nations representative and senior researcher with the International Oil Working Group (a non-governmental organization). Her published articles and photographs have been featured in numerous publications in the United States, South America and Europe.
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