Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega was born and raised in El Barrio, also known as Spanish Harlem and East Harlem, New York City. The global movement for Black lives and collective liberation inspires Dr. Moreno-Vega’s unwavering vision for a better world. Her steadfast commitment throughout her long career—creating new spaces, opportunities, and possibilities for our communities to see themselves in an empowering light while challenging oppression—is her legacy. She is the Founder, Builder, Leader and Visionary who created the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and created just a little over 2 years ago, the Creative Justice Institute, with the intention of building an intergenerational, inclusive platform to confront systemic inequality. Dr. Moreno-Vega believes that arts and culture organizations representing Black/African and African Descendants, Latinx, Native, Arab, Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, Appalachian, LGBTQIA+/Two Spirit and People with Disabilities communities remain chronically underserved and underfunded. 

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