The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography
Six times a year, the editors of the Oxford African American Studies Center provide insights into black history and culture, showing ways in which the past and present interact by offering specially commissioned featured essays, photographic essays, and a selected list of articles that will further guide the reader. The latest Focus On looks at the recently published Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. For the full table of contents for this project, click here.
From Toussaint L'Ouverture to Pelé, the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (DCALAB) provides a comprehensive overview of the lives of Caribbeans and Afro-Latin Americans who are historically significant. Unprecedented in scale, the six-volume work covers the entire Caribbean, and the Afro-descended populations throughout Latin America, including people who spoke and wrote Creole, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. It also encompasses the full scope of history, with entries on figures from the first forced slave migrations in the sixteenth centuries, to entries on living persons such as the Haitian musician and politician Wyclef Jean and the Cuban author and poet Nancy Morejón. In all, 2,079 biographical subjects are covered and, like the African American National Biography and the Dictionary of African Biography, DCALAB will continue to grow on AASC. In this photo essay, scholar, author, and contributor Heidi Feldman provides a brief tour of the project, highlighting the scope and depth of the Dictionary.View photo essay
The following entries have been selected from our archives to help guide readers to learn more about the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography (DCALAB).