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Today Afro-Caribbean Costa Rican poet Quince Duncan visited my class at Bates College. Over the next few days he will be discussing the movement among people of African descent in Latin America from /Negro/ to "African Descended." He argues quite persuasively that we should, of course, shed an identity based on color, and he reasons that African Descended works as an "umbrella" name for all ethnicities who share some aspects of culture and history in and from Africa. Further, he told us how populations that had previously bought into the strategies and ideologies of whitening in Latin America (people in Chile, Argentina and Peru) are now identifying themselves as African Descended. Not much of his work is available in English, but his recent book /A Message From Rosa/, a wonderful novel about our diasporic connections, is in a bilingual edition.