Caribbean Cultural Center Breaks New Ground in El Barrio, New York

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Yesterday, September 16, 2014 the Caribbean Cultural Center – African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) had its ground breaking at its new home in the East Harlem community, or “El Barrio” as its historically been known. According to its website, “…CCCADI values, connects and advocates for the traditions, history, culture and advancement of the African Diaspora. Through the dual tenants of arts and advocacy, CCCADI aims to create a paradigm shift within the global community toward cultural equity and social justice via new standards, policies and language.” We at La Respuesta commend the CCCADI and its Director Dr. Moreno Vega for all of their efforts in preserving and sharing the rich contributions of the African Diaspora, which all Puerto Ricans should celebrate.

Please take a look at the photos of the ground breaking below, by the famed photographer Edwin Pagan, of the Seis Del Sur collective. Read our article about the collective and their work, here.

Read our interview with the Director of the CCCADI, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, here.

Read our interview with the Councilwoman of El Barrio (who attended and spoke at the event), Melissa Mark-Viverito, here.

Read our interview with Adrian Viajero Roman (whose artwork was featured at the event), here.

La Respuesta is here to document the best in our Puerto Rican Diaspora communities!

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For over a century, Puerto Ricans have lived and settled in the U.S. (the “Boricua Diaspora”), but now, for the first time, there are more acá than allá. In response to our growing presence and ongoing impact, La Respuesta seeks to invoke a claim to our histories and announce our stories. This will be done by highlighting our assets and distinct experiences, agitating discussion on the crucial issues, and addressing the obstacles that we face.