Category Archives: Black Ethnicity Day in Panama

Black Ethnicity Month 2017 in Panama

Africa en América -el Concierto

We want to share some of the key events for this year’s Black Ethnicity Celebrations in Panama:. Yes, Mes de la Etnia Negra: Continue reading

Early Beginnings of Silver Literature

Oldtimers at an intense game of checkers.

Oldtimers at an intense game of checkers.

The early writings amongst the Silver People of Panama could have started when correspondence was sent back home to the West Indies by, primarily, Westindian men who served that purpose during the mid 19th century and would continue to serve as message bearers for the working class Silver Men far into the early decades of the 20th century. We as researchers, however, would not get a glimpse of those writings until much later in our lives, although they were published in the newspapers of their times in Panama during the late 1930’s and up until the late 1950’s. Continue reading

The Road to Westindian Literature- Some Thoughts

The Black Studies thinker and Writer.

The Black Studies thinker and Writer.

The road to the placing of real Black Literature in the hands of Black and Latin American children has been paved with much difficulty and many disheartening experiences, at least in my own experience. The age for our people, the Panamanian Westindian, to gain that realization of the harm that such deprivation causes, like not having literature depicting our own stories and our own experiences available from early childhood, is something I have been observing, and lamenting, since I was a young child. Continue reading

Black Ethnicity Day Celebration in Panama

The Celebration of the Diablitos and Congos in Porto Belo, Colon.

The Celebration of the Diablitos and Congos in Porto Belo, Colon.


The Afro-Antillean Museum in downtown Panama City in the District of Calidonia.

The Afro-Antillean Museum in downtown Panama City in the District of Calidonia.

The fact that Black Ethnicity is being celebrated yearly on the 30th of May in Panama has now a permanent place in our culturally diverse country. There is, however, a special history behind the development of the recognition of our ethnic identity which for so long was denied. The person responsible for the events being celebrated until now hailed from the Province of Chiriqui and the historical background behind the celebration of this national holiday has made it possible to highlight the abolition of slavery in 1851 in our country of Panama during the period in which it was united with the country of Colombia, then called Nueva Granada. Continue reading