According to the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization, the District is home to an estimated 51,000 Latinos as of 2008. A growing minority number of those Latinos are Afro-descendents, commonly known as Afro-Latinos. The DC Latino Caucus, under the patronage of DC Council Members Kwame Brown and Harry Thomas Jr., are inviting the public to the Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month panel discussion “The Afro-Latino Experience: Personalizing the Experience.”

The event includes an open discussion on Afro-Latino issues and the perception of Afro-Latinos as viewed by six panelists. Howard University Professor Dr. Silvia Martinez will start the discussion with an overview of current status of Afro-Latinos in the United States.

On Oct. 13, the group also held a collaborative discussion with the Latino LGBT History Project about issues facing the Hispanic/Latino gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

The panel discussion takes place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at The John A. Wilson Building Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. For more information, visit