Laurence Prescott, ALARA president said, "It is important to remember that we want our work to have a positive impact on the lives of people and in the educational curriculum at academic institutions and beyond.
There is room in our organization for everyone.We hope that participants and people attending feel inspired by our research."Prescott is an associate professor of Spanish and African American studies at Penn State University.
said, "The Afro-American presence in Mexico has a long and rich history.We know that African descended people such as Juan Garrido formed part of Hernán Cortes' army
.As colonialism grew throughout the Americas the desire for slave labor by the Spaniards increased, ultimately leading to African peoples outnumbering colonial Mexico [Spaniards]."Prescott
also said that nineteenth century Afro-Mexican revolutionary leaders such as José María Morelos and Vicente Guerrero contributed greatly to the success of Mexico's struggle for independence.