Educating and Uniting our Communities through Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership Developement.
The mission of the International Society of Black Latinos (ISBL) is to educate the local and broader communities of the existence of Afro-Latinos and the influence that the African Diaspora has had and continues to have on the Latin cultures around the world. Our secondary goal is to reach our youth, particularly, but not limited to, our high risk populations in the inner cities, through workshops and seminars, in local schools and businesses, that reinforce the importance of building a stronger and unified community. Our emphasis is on academia, self-awareness, social acceptance (tolerance), character building, cultural and artistic enrichment and leadership development.
The International Society of Black Latinos (ISBL) was an idea without a name, or a home, for many years. It all started with a group of close friends in Los Angeles who bonded over their experiences as Latinos of African descent in the U.S. Though they came from different countries, they were bound by their cultural similarities and the many anecdotes they shared that highlighted just how invisible the Afro-Latino community is in the United States and abroad. Finally, two of these friends, Juanita Palacios-Sims and Tony Wafford, took it upon themselves to realize the idea that had yet to take form. Juanita invited friends, and friends of friends, to her home on October 10, 2010 (10-10-10) for what would turn out to be the first meeting of the International Society of Black Latinos. Over the next several months more meetings followed, the group grew, and ISBL officially became an organization made up of Afro-Latinos and others who supported the group’s vision and mission.
- Provide art and cultural education to youth from elementary school to university age students
- Garner unity and collaboration in our communities through artistic, educational, and social service programs
- Promote dialogue by creating a neutral and safe environment in schools settings
- Showcase cultural events that feature the African influence on the Latin-American culture
- Sponsor events like concerts, art exhibits and educational programs that are accessible to all communities, especially those that are higher risk or underprivileged