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They Screamed Black! A Poem By Victoria Eugenia Santa Cruz Gamar

This diligent little girl from the Columbian Pacific recites a poem written by Victoria Santander Cruise, entitled; ‘Me Gritaron Negra’ (They Screamed Black). Victoria Eugenia Santa Cruz Gamarra was an Afro-Peruvian choreographer, composer, Black activist, and “the mother of Afro Peruvian dance and theatre.” Whilst proudly claiming African pride, the poem echos poignant racial undertones, and highlights the existence of such discrimination in todays society, and admonishes the need for Eurocentic beauty standards.

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