Vilma D. Peguero is (a) Co-Founder of the BLNB Campaign. She was born in Rhode Island to Dominican parents and thus identifies herself as a Dominican American. Ms. Peguero earned a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Minors in Journalism and Law and Justice and Society.
"Growing up I had to constantly prove my Dominican heritage. People had a difficult time accepting me as a Latina because my facial features and skin complexion didn't mimic the stereotypical Spaniard. I became tired of people forcing me to choose between two worlds that came together to make me the person I am today ...an Afro-Dominicana "Black Latina Negra Bella." Black Latina Negra Bella means a lot to me because it provides a platform for Afro-Latinas to showcase their diversity and come together in a community that fosters acceptance, understanding, and individuality. Ultimately, this campaign seeks to raise awareness of our cultural background so that no other Black Latina Negra Bella has to feel like an outsider or live in the shadows."