Pitzer College Alumna Publishes Book about Women of African Descent in South America
Claremont, Calif. (December 6, 2013) — Pitzer College alumna Danielle Brown '08 has published Memoria Viva: historias de mujeres afrodescendientes del Cono Sur, a book of essays and oral histories drawn from research she conducted while she was a 2010 Fulbright scholar in Uruguay.
Memoria Viva captures the stories of women of African descent in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, countries collectively known as the Southern Cone of South America. Brown received a Fulbright-Hays grant from the US Embassy of Montevideo, Uruguay, to support her work on the book and a collaborative writing and research process in which more than 50 women of African descent contributed critical essays and oral histories.
Memoria Viva is part of the multimedia initiative, Sos Parte, which Brown created to establish a forum for women to tell their stories and increase awareness about issues facing their communities. Approximately one-third of Latin Americans are of African descent, according to the Inter-American Development Bank, and they often face racial, social and economic discrimination.
"Learning about the historic denial and lack of recognition of Afro-Latino communities in the Southern Cone of South America and the various socio-economic obstacles faced by Afro-Latina women today inspired me to team up with various Afro-Latina women leaders in the region to foster a re-writing of history in a collaborative and empowering way," Brown said.
Both projects grew out of research Brown began after winning a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010 to study feminism and Afro-Uruguayan women in Uruguay. A double major in studio art and English and world literature at Pitzer College, Brown first traveled to Montevideo in 2007, during a semester she spent abroad on the Pitzer in Ecuador program.