Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Celebrated with Organizer and Alum Rosa Clemente

A woman in a purple jacket, with purple tinged hair and purple lipstick, stands in front of a hydrangea bush
Rosa Clemente

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 21, 2021) — Organizer, producer, journalist, scholar and activist Rosa Clemente will visit campus next week as part of the University’s extended celebration of National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.

Clemente, born and raised in the Bronx, was the first Afro-Latina woman to run for vice president of the United States. She is a leading scholar on the issues of Afro/Black-Latina/Latino/Latinx identity. Her groundbreaking article, “Who is Black?” published in 2001, was the catalyst for many discussions regarding Blackness in Latinx culture. As an activist with Black Lives Matter, she has continued to address issues of Afro/Black-Latinx identity and anti-Blackness through her writings.

Her talk, “Can’t Stop Our Blackness: Black Latinx Narratives and Resisting Erasure,” will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Campus Center West auditorium. Clemente's visit is sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. RSVP to attend.

A 1995 UAlbany graduate who majored in Africana Studies, Clemente is featured in the most recent edition of UAlbany Magazine.