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Reaching out to Puerto Rico.

Reaching out to Puerto Rico.

Thinking of our sisters and brothers in Puerto Rico. It’s almost a week after Hurricane Maria and homes are still without power or phone service. Food and medicine are in short supply. Linking to an article in Fast Company with ways to help the people of Puerto Rico in this humanitarian crisis.

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Hispanic Heritage. Fabiola Cabeza de Baca

Hispanic Heritage. Fabiola Cabeza de Baca

For Hispanic Heritage Month let’s travel to New Mexico to meet FABIOLA CABEZA DE BACA, descended from Spanish explorers. She was an American activist, nutritionist, writer and teacher who applied a bilingual approach to her classes adding Latino and Native American history to standard coursework.

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Hispanic Heritage. Tomás Rivera

Hispanic Heritage. Tomás Rivera

The arc of the life of TOMAS RIVERA took him from the fields of Texas and the Midwest, to the office of a University of California Chancellor. As a writer he related the challenges he faced growing up and used them to comment on the struggles of being a minority. Rivera’s toolbox was filled with perseverance, hard work, intelligence and the power of his pen. Not only did he dedicate his work to helping others attain higher education, he was determined to encourage and create opportunities for Mexican-Americans so they could break barriers in writing and publishing.

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Hispanic Heritage. Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Hispanic Heritage. Louis Agassiz Fuertes

LOUIS AGASSIZ FUERTES 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. The paintings of this singular Hispanic American artist continue to inform, inspire and soar.

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Hispanic Heritage. Tito Puente

Hispanic Heritage. Tito Puente

TITO PUENTE 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 King of Latin Music. I count myself lucky to have seen him perform with unforgettable style on the streets of San Diego.

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Hispanic Heritage. Pura Belpré

Hispanic Heritage. Pura Belpré

This post is about a writer, performer and librarian who impacted my own life, Pura Belpré. For Hispanic Heritage month I want to recount the stories of incredible dreamers and doers who made a difference.

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