Afro-Puerto Rican Testimonies: An Oral History Project in Western Puerto Rico is a col-
lective initiative involving scholars and students from the University of Puerto Rico,
Mayagüez and community leaders from the towns of Aguadilla and Hormigueros. Their
project draws from the memories of local Afro-Puerto Ricans to challenge the oﬃcial dis-
course on national identity and to dispel the myth of racial democracy in Puerto Rico.
Josefina Báez is a writer, performer, teacher, and director who was born in La Romana,
Dominican Republic, but has spent most of her life in New York. She is the founder
and director, since 1986, of the Latinarte/Ay Ombe Theatre troupe collective. Her best-
known work is the performance piece Dominicanish (2000).
Ejima Baker is an artist and academic whose work focuses on popular culture, race, and
gender. She has a BA in Africana studies and music and an MA in ethnomusicology, and
she is currently a student in the anthropology program at the New School.
Luis Barrios is an associate professor in psychology and ethnic studies at John Jay Col-
lege of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. He is also an associate priest at
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan and a community activist. Since 1997 he
has been a weekly columnist for El Diario/La Prensa, one of the oldest Spanish-language
newspapers in the United States. His research concerns street organizations, the juve-
nile criminal justice system, popular religion, and immigrant rights.
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is a professor of sociology at Duke University. His publications
include Racism without Racists (2006) and White Logic, White Methods: Race, Epistemology, and
the Social Sciences (2008), coauthored with Tukufu Zuberi.
Adrian Burgos Jr. is an associate professor of history at the University of Chicago,
Urbana-Champaign and author of Playing America’s Game(s): Baseball, Race, and Latinos,
Ginetta E. B. Candelario is an associate professor of sociology and Latin American and
Latin@ studies at Smith College. Her publications include Black Behind the Ears: Blackness
in Dominican Identity, from Museums to Beauty Shops (2007) and the coedited volume Generi-
zando: Los estudios de género en la República Dominicana al inicio del tercer milenio (2005).