Miriam Jiménez Román, a major figure in the Afro-Latinx studies movement, died on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. She was 69.
A Harlem-raised, Brooklyn transplant who became a scholar, activist and co-founder/executive director of the AfroLatin@ Forum (www.afrolatinoforum.org), Jiménez Román died in Puerto Rico after a 4½-year battle with cancer.
Miriam Esther Jiménez Román was born June 11, 1951, in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to Arcelia Román Ruiz de Jiménez and Baldomero Jiménez. Her parents migrated to Spanish Harlem with her in 1952.
Jiménez Román said she was heavily influenced by the Nuyorican, Black Liberation and Civil Rights movements, which each featured activists who took pride in their African ancestry.
She and her husband, Juan Flores, co-edited the book, “The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States” (2010) which won accolades and awards. The book took them to conferences around the world and expanded their influence on the current acceptance of Afro Latinx studies.