Hispanic Heritage. Tomás Rivera

Hispanic Heritage. Tomás Rivera

The arc of the life of TOMAS RIVERA [1935-1984] took him from the fields of Texas and the Midwest, to the office of a University of California Chancellor. The son of migrant farm workers, Rivera picked fruits and vegetables till age 20 when he pursued his education...
Hispanic Heritage. Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Hispanic Heritage. Louis Agassiz Fuertes

LOUIS AGASSIZ FUERTES [1894-1927] was an exceptional illustrator, artist and ornithologist who is regarded among the most accomplished American bird artists. Fuertes is credited for pioneering the painting of living birds in natural habitats. Born to a Puerto Rican...
Hispanic Heritage. Tito Puente

Hispanic Heritage. Tito Puente

TITO PUENTE [1923-2000] pioneered an original sound that mixed mambo and Latin jazz, spanning a 50 year music career. The son of Puerto Rican immigrants, he grew up in New York City. For Hispanic Heritage Month it’s time to pay tribute to the The King of Latin...
Hispanic Heritage. Pura Belpré

Hispanic Heritage. Pura Belpré

This post is about a writer, performer and librarian who impacted my life, PURA BELPRE [1899-1982]. For Hispanic Heritage month I want to recount the stories of incredible dreamers and doers, Hispanics who made a difference. When I heard about the earthquake in Mexico...
In solidarity with Mexico City

In solidarity with Mexico City

This afternoon a 7.1 earthquake struck my hometown of Mexico City. I scrambled to reach family and friends and one by one, breathed a sigh of relief to find they had come through.  As reports come in we know this quake caused serious destruction and loss of life....