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Afro-descendant culture in Costa Rica: Celebrating black excellence in August

In August, everywhere you turn there is some incredible event celebrating Afro-Costa Ricans and their profound historical contributions to Costa Rica.

Improving English seen as one step to better job prospects for black Costa Ricans

In addition to economic concerns, a new plan addresses Afro-descendent culture and access to justice. Among that plan’s call to action are policies to improve access to employment opportunities and public services, and programs to educate children about racial stereotypes.

UN committee asks Costa Rica to remove ‘Cocori’ from grade school classrooms citing the book’s ‘racist connotations’

The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said its members worried about the use of school texts that can “be interpreted as having a stereotypical vision of minorities, especially of indigenous or Afro-Caribbean populations."

Black Costa Rican congresswomen report racist threats

The aggressions against lawmakers Epsy Campbell and Maureen Clarke began in late April when the congresswomen asked the culture ministry to withdraw funding for a musical adaptation of the controversial novel Cocorí.
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