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Resources concerning people in Colombia with an African heritage. See also AfroColumbia News

AfroColombians are especially concentrated in coastal areas and on the Pacific side of the country, which Cuban ethnologist Rogelio Martinez Furé visited  in 1997.  He made presentations at numerous cities, especially on the coast, where he reported that there is a strong Congo presence which has preserved much of the culture though less of the religion than in Cuba.

General Resources & News Sources



Organizations & People

Afro-Colombians and the Free Trade Agreement

Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network (ACSN) - the most effective and important solidarity group, operates from a pan-African perspectIve. Mostly Not US funded.

Every Black Colombian group has received funds from US organizations such as USAID and NED. Not a single one appears to have backed the Trump like US candidate, something for Cubans to think about.

Books ~ Articlestop

AfroColombian News

Afro-Colombia: A Case for Pan-African Analysis  5/15/2013 AfroCubaWeb: by Jospeh F. Jordan - "Some who are quoted in this article have gone on to became allies of a Colombian government that was eventually recognized as one of the most corrupt in the Americas and that built an effective governmental and extra- governmental apparatus to frustrate Afro-Colombian attempts to exercise their constitutional rights. In a cynical turn, some of the same Afro-Colombians I had encountered and who had lived and worked in the U.S., ostensibly as politically progressive exiles, returned to become spokespersons for the very government that facilitated the dispossession of Afro-Colombian land in favor of development schemes by mega-corporations. Others allied and aligned themselves with programs generously funded, designed and specifically intended to neutralize or split the growing U.S. support movement for the Afro-Colombia cause. Initially, they were devastatingly effective."

Chocó Rwanda of the Americas

Bibliografía para AfroColombia, Universtitat de Barcelona

Informe del Movimiento Nacional Afrocolombiano CIMARRON sobre la situación de derechos humanos de la población afrocolombiana (1994-2004)

Movimiento Social Afrocolombiano, Negro, Raizal y Palenquero: El largo camino hacia la construcción de espacios comunes y alianzas estratégicas para la incidencia política en Colombia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 9/2012


El AfroBogotano

Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network on Facebook


AMUAFROC - Asociación de Mujeres Afrocolombianas

América Negra - Pontificia Universidad Javierana, Colombia
La Revista América Negra es una publicación semestral de la Expedición Humana que acoge materiales sobre cualquiera de las disciplinas que se ocupan de la descripción y análisis de las poblaciones humanas. La Revista hace énfasis en las comunidades negras e indígenas del continente americano y sus relaciones con poblaciones de otros lugares del mundo.

Grupo Afrodescendiente Discussions

Observatorio de Discriminación Racial


Revista Vive Afro


"Colombia has 40 million people – 26 percent of them of African descent, mostly in the Pacific region. Since the period of slavery, we have shared that area with indigenous Native Americans." - Afro-Colombian struggle for land and justice  12/31/02 SF Bay View

World Fact Book

Population: 38,580,949 (July 1998 est.)

Ethnic groups: mestizo 58%, white 20%, mulatto 14%, black 4%, mixed
black-Amerindian 3%, Amerindian 1%

Age structure:
0-14 years: 33% (male 6,474,927; female 6,321,404)
15-64 years: 62% (male 11,725,078; female 12,333,982)
65 years and over: 5% (male 780,486; female 945,072) (July 1998 est.)

Population growth rate: 1.89% (1998 est.)

Birth rate: 24.93 births/1,000 population (1998 est.)

Death rate: 5.69 deaths/1,000 population (1998 est.)

Net migration rate: -0.34 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1998 est.)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.83 male(s)/female (1998 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 25.44 deaths/1,000 live births (1998 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 70.06 years
male: 66.15 years
female: 74.11 years (1998 est.)

Total fertility rate: 2.9 children born/woman (1998 est.)

noun: Colombian(s)
adjective: Colombian

Religions: Roman Catholic 95%

Languages: Spanish

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91.3%
male: 91.2%
female: 91.4% (1995 est.)top

Organizations & People

Solidarity Groups

Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network (ACSN) - an effective and important solidarity group, operates from a pan-African perspective.

Colombian Afrodescendientes

Many progressive anti racist organizacions in Colombia started out with high hopes but no real plan to achieve economic independence. As time passed, they had to turn somewhere for funds and many chose to go with the Colombian government or the US's NED/USAID. Sometimes these projects have been used for money laundering and other fraud. Since the early 2010's there has been more oversight thanks to a group of 60 Congressmen, as well as Sens Leahy and Pelosi.

USAID funds PCN through the International Migration Organization (IMO). It also funds a number of other organizations through Consejo Nacional de Paz Afrocolombiano CONPA. USAID funds Afrodes and Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia - ONIC directly. ONIC in turn funds a number of groups.

As of 2021, all afrocolombian groups have integrated the US orbit. Given this, WOLA worked to get USAID to put in conditions criteria and previous consultation with the legitimate afro and indigenous authorities.

Afrodes - receives NED/USAID funds, supports CIR.

Centro De Estudios E Investigaciones Sociales Afro Colombianas - CEISAFROCOL

Centro de Investigaciones Etnobiológicas CHINANGO

Ciclo de Estudios Africanos y la Diaspora - CEADA -

Cimarrón, finanzado por USAID/NED. Apoya a grupos similares en Cuba.

COCOMACIA - Consejo Comunitario Mayor de La Asociación Campesina Integral del Atrato

CODHES - Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento -

Corporación para el Desarollo Afrocolombiano - COPRODEPA

Colectivo AfroRaices, Bogota

Consejo Laboral Afrocolombiano -

Consejo Nacional de Paz Afrocolombiano -

Francia Márquez-Mina

Fundación Activos Culturales Afro - ACUA

Fundación Assim Bonanga Colombia

La Fundación para el Desarrollo y Fortalecimiento de las Comunidades Afrocolombianas FUNDESARROLLOAFRO

Fundación Red Eleggua -

El Instituto Latinoamericano de Servicios Legales Alternativos Ilsa

IDCARÁN - Igualdad Racial, Diferencia Cultural, Conflictos Ambientales y Racismos en las Américas Negras

IndyMedia, Afro Colombia

Instituto Afrodescendiente para el estudio, la investigación y el desarrollo

Las Mambas Negras de Colombia

Francia Márquez Mina

Los Palenkes Organizacion Etnica

Luis Gilberto Murillo - Global Exchange
Luis Gilberto Murillo, a former Colombian governor now exiled in the US, will travel the country urging people to oppose a larger US role in Colombia's civil war.

Microsesiones Negras

William Mina Aragon

Movimiento Cimarron,

Movimiento Nacional de Víctimas de Crímenes de Estado - MOVICE

Movimiento Nacional Afrocolombiano

Conferencia Nacional de Organizaciones Afrocolombianas CNOA

Movimiento Nacional Afrocolombiano

Observatorio de discriminacion racial (Twitter)

Pelo Bueno, Cirle Tatis

Piedad Córdoba Ruiz - progressive organization

Plan Colombia y PCN (Proceso de Comunidades Negras) - progressive organization

Población AfroDescendiente de America Latina UNDP

Poder Ciudadano

Portal Web Cimarrón -

Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN) page on AfroCubaWeb - pagina en AfroCubaWeb
Charo Mina-Rojas. Progressive orgnization operating outside of Colombian and US government interference.

Red de Activismo Judicial Territorial

Red Nacional de Mujeres Afrocolombianas

Red de Mujeres Chocoanas, Vimeo - progressive organization

US Office on Colombia - Afro-Colombian Groups

Edna Liliana Valencia Murillo

Washington Office on Latin America, WOLA  Gimena Sanchez

Manuel Zapata Olivella


Organizaciones Indigenas

Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia -, funded by USAID

Organizacion Regional Indigena del Cauca -

Afro-Latin Organizations


Afrodescendiente News

Meet Carlos Rosero, Process of Black Communities in Colombia (PCN), 6/23/05, Dorchester, MAtop

REFLECT & STRENGTHEN cordially invites you to an evening of knowledge
about what's really going on in one of the countries that we as citizens
of the United States are financially supporting. Please come and share
your thoughts...

What do you know about Colombia? Soccer?War? Drugs? Cartels? Do you know about African Communities living in peaceful resistance in Colombia?

Although they have been there for centuries, did you know that it wasn't until the 1990’s that the Colombian constitution for the first time recognized the existence of “Afro Colombian Communities” with equal rights as a people in Colombia?

Did you know that although they make up about 43% of the Colombian population, only about 1% of Afro Colombians have access to attend a college?

Do you know about the struggles of our sisters and brothers due to the military aid provided by the United States to Colombia? Well there's much more to learn and this is your change to speak directly with one of the leaders of the Afro-Colombian movement; Carlos Rosero!

Carlos Rosero was a key leader in the creation of PCN, the Process of Black Communities in Colombia. PCN is a national grassroots organization who continuously defends Afro-Colombian territories and peace communities and fights for human rights, which are severely affected by the armed conflict that has expelled thousands of Afro Colombian families from their homes.

Come meet one of the most outstanding leaders of the Afro Colombian movement 
and let’s build a movement of solidarity!!! 

Freedom House
14 Crawford Street
Dorchester, MA 02121

For information, please contact Eli Pabón at 857-472-2820 or email

For directions log onto

This event is co-sponsored in partnership with Reflect & Strengthen, American Friend’s Service Committee and Jobs With Justice


General Resources & News Sourcestop

Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network on Facebook - Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN)

Observatorio de Discriminación Racial

Atlas de las culturas afro colombianas

Afro-Colombia: A Case for Pan-African Analysis, Joseph F. Jordan, 2006 with 2013 update, PDF

Human Rights Organizations working with AfroCuban Dissidents and AfroColombian Organizations


Colombia, Afropop Worldwide

A Colombian governor's plea for peace, 2/7/01

By Luis Gilberto Murillo

I am a former governor of Chocó, the most impoverished department of Colombia. In 1998, I tried to declare Chocó a neutral zone, a territory of peace free from the combat ravaging my country. Because of my work for peace, I was kidnapped by people who identified themselves as paramilitaries. Death threats were leveled at my family and myself. Fearing for our lives, we fled to the United States in July of 2000. We now live here in exile.

But the majority of the Colombian people do not have the option of exile. They have nowhere to run from the violence in my country. The Bush administration's announcement that it plans to expand the Clinton administration's $1.3 billion aid package to Colombia and its neighbors will only make matters worse for a lot of my fellow citizens.

The aid package, which is supposedly intended to help bring a "peaceful and sensible resolution" to Colombia's conflict, is a grave mistake. It will force Americans to pay with their checkbooks, and Colombians with their lives.

Sixty percent of the aid the Colombian government is receiving will be going to the Colombian military, notorious for having one of the worst human-rights records in the world. According to Human Rights Watch's most recent annual report, "Colombia's armed forces continue to be implicated in serious human rights violations."

Paramilitary groups, working closely with the Colombian military, often harass and terrorize citizens. Just last month, right-wing paramilitaries entered the village of Chengue in northern Colombia before dawn and herded the men of the village into the town square. The paramilitaries then killed at least 25 of them with sledgehammers and rocks, as their families watched, before setting fire to houses and shops. Survivors told the Washington Post that the Colombian military provided safe passage to the paramilitaries and sealed off the area to facilitate the massacre.

There are now more than 1.8 million Colombians who are refugees within our own country. Left with no other option, some move to the large cities and join the ranks of the urban poor. Others, desperate and destitute, join guerrilla organizations or the paramilitaries for survival. The cycle of oppression and poverty continues, and the conflict deepens.

But peace, for so long a distant prospect, has begun to light the Colombian horizon.

In October 2000, the long-ignored Colombian people met with representatives of the Colombian government and rebel groups in Costa Rica in a conference named Paz Colombia (Peace Colombia). This conference was an attempt to begin a democratic dialogue that will bring a political and peaceful end to Colombia's civil conflict. Only two years ago, such a meeting between the intensely divided sectors of the Colombian people would have been difficult to bring about.

Even the left-for-dead peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC, Colombia's largest rebel group, have been resuscitated. Colombian President Andres Pastrana and FARC leader Manuel Marulanda are meeting this week to revive the talks.

Despite these overtures, the Bush administration has unwisely decided to extend weapons to Colombia instead of olive branches. As a result, the hopeful glow of peace dims in the darkness of this 40-year war. The Colombian military, newly trained and armed by the United States, is planning major offensives in the south. The guerrillas, battle-tested after four decades in the jungle, are digging in, preparing for the upcoming battles.

And the Colombian people are caught in between. They desperately want -- and deserve -- to live in a country without war.

Luis Gilberto Murillo is a former governor of the department of Chocó, and the youngest person ever to be elected governor in Colombia. He and his family currently reside in the Washington, D.C., area. He can be reached at


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