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date: 20 February 2020

Rodríguez, Romero Jorge locked

(1953– ), activist and ambassador,
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was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on 31 December 1953. He grew up in Montevideo in a conventillo, a type of tenement building and planned housing unit where most Afro-Uruguayans in the country lived during this period. His father, Romero Rodríguez, completed only two years of schooling but was very active in sports and boxing. He also worked in various jobs, selling newspapers and shining shoes for a living. His mother, Gladys Durán, worked a domestic employee and cleaner. Both his parents fought against all forms of discrimination, which set Rodríguez onto the path he has pursued for his entire career, combating racism and fighting for the visibility of Afro-Uruguayans. Rodríguez has three children of his own: Paula, Ernesto, and María Eugenia.

In his youth, Rodríguez was an active participant in the country’s Communist movement that fought against Uruguay’s military government, a regime that lasted from 1973 to 1985 ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.

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