Oral History Session #1
Date:November 24, 2019
Place:New Brunswick, NJ
Transcript Production Team:
Kathryn Tracy Rizzi
Becerra, Carmela. Oral History Interview, November 24, 2019, by Monica Madera, Page #, Rutgers Oral History Archives. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).
Carmela Becerra was born in Cali, Colombia in 1964. She grew up in Cali along with her three siblings. Her father worked as a foreman at a construction company, and her mother was a homemaker. She discusses the diversity of her ancestors with Afro-Colombian and indigenous roots and notes an absence of racism and colorism during her upbringing in Colombia. She remembers the rise of cartel-related violence.
This oral history interview was conducted as a part of the Latino New Jersey History Project, directed by Dr. Lilia Fernandez.