Photo Credits

Rose Cromwell

Rose Marie Cromwell is a photographer based out of Panama and New York. She was named one of 25, Under 25 Up and Coming American Photographers by powerHouse Books and The Center for Documentary Studies. She is a Meyers Traveling Photography Fellowship recipient and a Fulbright Fellowship Scholar. Recent publications of her work are included in Vision Magazine (China), Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies Journal published by Routledge, Pology Magazine: Online Travel and Culture Magazine and HIP Magazine (Panama). Her first solo show was at the Diablo Rosso Gallery in Panama City.

She is currently working on her MFA in Photography under Doug Dubois with a Full Fellowship from Syracuse University. Cromwell is the master darkroom printer for the renowned Panamanian photographer, Sandra Eleta.

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Raul Houlstan

was born in Bocas del Toro, Panama in 1952. Although most of his family is also from Panama, his background does contain a mixture of several cultures; his paternal grandmother was from Jamaica, his paternal grandfather was from Cuba, and his stepfather was Chinese. Raoul can also trace his Panamanian heritage back to be founders of Bocas, the Browns. Raul trained to be a teacher and received his law degree in 1979. He later earned a graduate degree in Latin American Studies at the Political Science Department at UNAM in Mexico City. While living in Mexico he met his wife, a native of Holland, and together they have two children. Raul has been a teacher, a defense counselor, a cultural attaché in Brussels, Belgium, and has also published poetry under the name Urá del Drago. He now works as a litigator and promoter of popular culture in Bocas, and he is active in many community organizations. Raul calls himself Afro-Antillano—a Black West Indian—but does not ask others to see him as such. He says, "me siento bien en mi piel, pero no es mi bandera. Yo soy un hombre universal" [I feel good in my skin, but it is not my banner. I am a universal man].
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Gabriela Jones de Mariño

Gabriela Jones de Mariño is a professional photographer and graphic designer. She earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Panama, where she also earned her Master's in Business (2004). Besides being a professional photographer and graphic designer, Gabriela has published pedagogical materials, and taught practical seminars about the art of taking non-professional pictures as well as about art criticism. Her workshop for children on African-West Indian Art has been a great contribution to the Voices from Our America project's work in Panama, as has her design work on the project's exhibition banners.

Lucius T. Outlaw (Jr.)

Lucius Turner Outlaw (Jr.) is Professor of Philosophy and of African American and Diaspora Studies. Outlaw has also been a member of the faculties of Fisk University and Morgan State University; a visiting professor at Spelman College, Howard University, and Hamilton College. For the 1996-98 academic years Outlaw was the David S. Nelson Professor of Boston College. Outlaw teaches, researches, and writes about race and ethnicity, African Philosophy, African American Philosophy, Marx, Critical Social Theory, Social and Political Philosophy, and the history of Philosophy in the "West." Born in Starkville, Mississippi, he is a graduate of Fisk University (B.A., Philosophy, 1967, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Boston College (Ph.D., Philosophy, 1972). His essays have been published in Philosophical Forum, Journal of Social Philosophy, Man and World, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, The Journal of Ethics, and a number of anthologies. A collection of several of his essays, On Race and Philosophy, was published by Routledge (1996). Another book, Critical Social Theory in the Interests of Black Folk, was published by Roman & Littlefield (2005).

Outlaw became interested in photography as a kid, began to immerse himself in the medium during his undergraduate years, and continued to do so through his years of graduate studies. After a twenty-year hiatus from photography, Outlaw returned to his passion and in recent years has devoted substantial effort to developing his craftsmanship and artistry as a fine art, social documentary, and environmental portraitist. Several of his photographs have been selected for a number of juried international group exhibitions (The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, Colorado) and Project Basho (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), for example). He has been invited to present solo exhibitions in the Pryor Gallery of Columbia State Community College, the Library of George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, and The Arts Company in Nashville, Tennessee. To see more of Lucius Turner Outlaw's work, please visit his website at