There is a widely held notion that Blacks and Latinos do not get along. Impact studies show racial divides in some high schools in Los Angeles and small disruptions of gang violence in Virginia. Even some media analysts insist this will have an effect on the Democratic presidential campaign.
In an to attempt dispel those notions, the grassroots organization Grupo Afro Descendiente (GAD) held its first ever Black and Brown Solidarity week.
“This is the first year we have had Afro-Latinos come together. People have been searching for a way to connect and form as a coalition.
We wanted a way to calm the tension between both groups,” said GAD president Aisha Brown.One of the most unlikely events to bridge the gap is chess, a game which requires the most intellectual individual to perform at a supreme level. One of the biggest events to end the week was the Third Annual Bum Rush the Boards Chess Tournament sponsored by Words, Beats and Life held at Lincoln Middle School on Sat. May 17th.
“We highlight different icons from history, and show their personal strategic struggle. It’s also a good way to learn from them. We can align our self in life to be able to wear the crown,” said Urban Arts Academy Director Goldie Deane.