Nicholas Dale Leal
On Sunday, May 29, Gustavo Petro plants to make history in Colombia. For the first time in the country’s 200-year history, a left-wing contender —and a former guerrilla member to boot— is the favorite to win a presidential election this close to the vote.
Regardless of electoral results, the political landscape in Colombia has been altered, hopefully forever, by the mere presence of 40-year-old Afro-Colombian environmental activist, Francia Márquez.
Muntú Bantú is an independently run center dedicated to the memory of the African diaspora, the only one of its kind in Colombia. After 20 years of very hard work, however, support for and interest in the project remains scarce.