Graduation Date

Fall 12-13-2020

Grading Professor

Alia Malek

Subject Concentration


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


While Bomba, a traditional dance style that originated in Puerto Rico, has recently become more visible to a mainstream national audience, local activists in New York City have been working for years to promote the art and elevate the history of their community. For dance leaders like Milteri Tucker, Bomba dancing is not only a celebration of Puerto Rico’s African heritage, but an effective way to address social issues within the city’s local and Latino community. She is one of many activists in the city’s history that has used art and community try to uplift the culture and work on divisions caused by colorism and discrimination across multiple groups. And with the recent protests of summer 2020 causing a greater public conversation on racism, they plan to continue their work in order to improve the lives of New York residents.



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