Downtown Center Gallery Presents "Where Black is Brown: The African Diaspora in Mexico"


Downtown Center Gallery Presents "Where Black is Brown: The African Diaspora in Mexico"
The Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center gallery is presenting “Where Black is Brown: The African Diaspora in Mexico,” from May 7 through June 25.
“Where Black is Brown” is designed to further the understanding of the influence and contributions of Africans in the Americas.

The Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center gallery is presenting “Where Black is Brown: The African Diaspora in Mexico,” from May 7 through June 25.

The exhibit is being organized by Toni-Mokjaetji Humber, associate professor in the university's Ethnic & Women's Studies department. “Where Black is Brown” is designed to further the understanding of the influence and contributions of Africans in the Americas. It especially is designed to foster greater understanding among African American, Chicano/Latino, and Indigenous communities about their historical connections, common struggles and triumphs and their intermingled sangre (blood) that has produced beautiful and dynamic peoples of the Americas.

Humber received her bachelors degree in sociology from Cal State Los Angeles, a masters in education from Loyola Marymount University, and her doctorate in sociolinguistics from Howard University. Her research interests focus on African and African American culture and history, Ebonics and its educational implications, as well as ethnic studies, sociolinguistics and intercultural communication.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held Saturday, May 14, 6-9 p.m., in conjunction with the Arts Colony's Second Saturday Artwalk event with free gallery openings, live music, shops and restaurants all in a six-block radius. Both the reception and the exhibit are open to the public, free of charge.

The Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center is located at 300 W. Second St. in the Pomona Arts Colony. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For more information about the Downtown Center, contact Cybele Garcia at (909) 469-0080.