Celebrating the Inauguration of the Afro-Uruguayan journal “Nuestra Raza”. 1933
Silver gelatin print mounted to card; minor loss to top edge of photo and small area of white paint(?) top-left corner not obscuring persons, card worn with pencil inscription and date. Together with: Nuestra Raza: Organo de la Colectividad de Color. No. 1, Año 1 (August 25, 1933). Pilar E. Barrios, et al. Eds. Montevideo, Uruguay: 1933. 8vo, 16 pp.; self-wrapper with loss above stapled fold, paper toned with central crease. Fair.
Renowned poet Pilar E. Barrios and his two sisters, Ventura and Maria Esperanza Barrios, founded the first iteration of Nuestra Raza in 1917. The Uruguayan periodical was dedicated to publishing black poets and authors as well as addressing the political and cultural realities of the African diaspora in South America. It folded after only a few issues and wasn’t resurrected until 1933, when Montevideo had become a center for the Afro-Uruguayan community. Its second run continued for 15 years, until 1948, but issues remain extremely scarce. The impact of the journal as an advocate for racial equality and the expression of black experience cannot be overstated for intellectuals across Latin America. OCLC records only one holding, on microform, and only through 1944. See Reid Anderson, Blackness in the White Nation, p. 216.
Photo approx. 16.7 x 11 cm; card approx. 29.5 x 23 cm.