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María Auxiliadora González Malabet

was born on 24 September 1927 in Noanamá, on the San Juan River, in the department of Chocó, Colombia, and died on 1 May 2008. In 1930, when Ninfa Aurora was 3 years old, her family moved to the seaport city of Buenaventura in the Valle del Cauca department. She lived in this Pacific coastal region for the next seventy-seven years of her life.

Many authors define her as self taught because when she was a child she learned to read and write using charcoal on cardboard to copy the names of shops and barns At the same time she helped her family by selling arepas a Colombian staple food in the village of Pueblo Nuevo In her academic life Ninfa Aurora studied education and culture and she later graduated with the title Teacher of Culture from the Universidad Campesina locally known as the University of Resistance in ...


Gladys Zubiría Fuentes

was born in Tadó, Chocó, Colombia, around 1945. She is the founder of Fundación Raíces Negras (the Black Roots Foundation), a nonprofit organization created in response to the social problems facing the Pacific region of Colombia—fighting the loss of its Afro-American identity and preserving its values—while working toward the peaceful coexistence of all Colombian cultures.

Her passion for education and music derived from her father, Baltazar Rosero. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social and economic sciences from the University of Colombia Libre University, with a specialization in artistic education and cultural management. Afterward, she became a teacher at the Normal School, a primary school in Quibdó.

Throughout her extensive career as an educator she has primarily worked with Afro Colombian youth Promoting their Afro identity as a minority group and instilling pride in that identity as an integral part of the nation have been the central goals of ...