Dr. Marta Moreno Vega is the author of The Altar of My Soul: The Living Traditions of Santeria (2001) and When the Spirits Dance Mambo (Three Rivers Press, 2004) and coeditor of Women Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora (2012). She received her Doctorate in Yoruba Philosophy in the Diaspora from Temple University in May 1995. She is the founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in New York City and former director of El Museo del Barrio and the Association of Hispanic Arts. She is one of the founders of the Association of Hispanic Arts and the Network of Organization of Color. Dr. Vega is presently president of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) founded in 1976. CCCADI is an international not for profit organization dedicated to researching, documentation and promulgating the reach history and traditions of African descendants in the Americas. CCCADI has organized international conferences in Nigeria, Bahia Brazil, Puerto Rico and New York.