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Veronica Forte was born in 1970 in the Marañón area of Calidonia, Panama City. One of six children, she often moved from one part of the city to another, finally settling in Mano de Piedra. Among Veronica’s most treasured childhood memories are her school days, which she spent playing marbles and hide-and-seek with the boys and helping her teachers in the classroom. One teacher in particular, her first English teacher in elementary school, influenced her a great deal, and inspired her to become an English professor herself. Now teaching at the University of Panama, Veronica tries to help her students in much the same way that her elementary school teacher helped her, while at the same time conveying to them the importance of Afro-Antillean culture and history. Veronica is of Jamaican and Barbadian descent and believes that in order for racism to be eliminated, people must understand where Afro-Antilleans come from and what they have contributed to Panamanian society.