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Danielle Legros Georges

was born Marie-Thérèse Colimon on 11 April 1918, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Ana Bayard and Joseph Colimon. Her parents were a middle-class couple who encouraged the intellectual development of their eight children. An avid reader as a child, Colimon-Hall completed primary and secondary school in Port-au-Prince, and at age 14 she entered Haiti’s École Normale d’Institutrices (Teacher’s College). She began her teaching career as a very young woman, and took part in Port-au-Prince’s cultural and literary events, publishing poems under the pseudonym Marie Bec. She later traveled to Europe, with a period of study at France’s Centre de Formation Pédagogique in support of a growing interest in preschool education. She would marry Louis Hall, a poet and educator, later in life.

Among the first to develop training programs in Haiti for early childhood education Colimon Hall began her work in the context of an educational reform movement that followed ...


Alejandro Gortázar

who has been working in several community projects, and was involved in the creation of the NGO Instituto Raíces Afro, was born on 10 September 1967 in Artigas, a city in the northeast department of Uruguay, on the border with Argentina and Brazil. She is an activist who has worked as a preschool teacher, on a local radio program on the Viva FM station, and participated in different cultural activities in Artigas. Since 2013 Gómez has lived in Montevideo together with her husband and children, and has studied law student at the Universidad de la República. She is the daughter of a Afro-indigenous couple who lived in the countryside of a department far from the capital city and who moved to the city of Artigas. Her parents were religious leaders, and therefore she was raised in a home with an umbanda altar. Her mother practiced vencía an Afro indigenous ...