Central American Black Women’s Organization ONECA To Host Women’s Conference in the Bronx from FRIDAY November 14th 2014 through SUNDAY November 16th 2014

 

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Bronx, New York — Central American Black Women’s Organization ONECA, will host a  Women’s Conference this weekend from FRIDAY, November 14th 2014 through SUNDAY, November 16th 2014 in the Bronx.

New York City Council Member VANESSA L. GIBSON.

New York City Council Member VANESSA L. GIBSON.

Guest speakers include Bronx Councilwoman Vanessa L. Gibson, Mr. Sidney Francis (from Nicaragua), Ms Alta Hooker, Dean of the University of The Autonomous Region of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, Ms. Laura Hall (Costa Rica), Ms. Ingrid Gamboa (Guatemala), and more.


Topics discussed revolve around the Garifuna people and Black women in General. Subjects include: Women and Immigration, Women and Human Rights, Women and HIV/AIDS, Women and Diabetes and Cancer, Women as Entrepreneurs, Black Women and the Decade of Afro-Descendants, Youth, Spirituality and Values.

Registration begins at 8:30am and each day of the conference will begin at 9am and end at 5pm. There will be a Cultural Presentation on SATURDAY, November 15th 2014 and will take place after the conference that day is over and is scheduled to begin at 6pm.

This Conference will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church, 1512 Webster Avenue (@E. 171st Street), Bronx, NY

Our Lady Of Victory Catholic Church in the Bronx.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Our Lady Of Victory Catholic Church in the Bronx. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

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ABOUT The Garifuna People


The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men, 1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.   1

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

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ONECA Women's Conference in the Bronx.   FRIDAY November 14th 2014 through SUNDAY November 16th 2014.

ONECA Women’s Conference in the Bronx. FRIDAY November 14th 2014 through SUNDAY November 16th 2014.

Notes:

  1. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

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