Welcome to another edition of Centro Voices. We hope you are enjoying Memorial Day weekend surrounded by friends and family. In this issue, we want to share a story of a Puerto Rican soldier and the unexpected journey that awaited him upon arriving home. Next, we share the epilogue to "Pride and & Courage", a fictionalized serial account of the experience of Puerto Rican soldiers during the Korean War. Then, as a reminder, read about the upcoming Sol Summit, which aims to bring together the Latino community of New York City and help plan out its future. Lastly, be sure to check out the new exhibit Las Tres Hermanas: Art & Activism, opening later this week. Thanks again for tuning in!
El Cabo Gómez and the Unexpected Homecoming of a Puerto Rican Soldier
El Cabo Gómez lost three limbs in the Korean War. When he returned home, no one could have anticipated the hero's welcome he would receive, both among the stateside and island community.
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Latin@s Claim Nueva York With First-Ever Sol Summit NYC
Read about the population demographics of the Puerto Rican and Latin@ community in New York City, and get a preview of the first-ever Sol Summit, which will be taking place next week, June 1st, in East Harlem.
Pride and Courage Epilogue: The Way Home
Last week we shared the epic conclusion to "Pride & Courage", a fictionalized account of the experience of Puerto Rican soldiers during the Korean War. Here is the epilogue to the series, just in time for Memorial Day, as we remember our fallen heroes.
06/01: Opening Reception Las Tres Hermanas: Art & Activism
This exhibit tells the story of three sisters, Evelina Lopez Antonetty, Lillian Lopez, and Elba Cabrera, who profoundly changed the cultural and political landscape in New York—especially the Bronx—through literature, literacy, dance, political rallies, art galleries and organizing.
New on the Centro Website
- Catch up on the news in Puerto Rico with briefs on the budget deadline and the upcoming plebiscite, as well as a research brief on the Puerto Rican population in Florida.
- Learn more about Centro's recently launched Cultural Ambassador Program and read a Q&A with Dr. Raquel Ortiz on the aims of the program.
- Browse EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES at Centro, including a digital projects coordinator position and several full-time researcher positions with full benefits. Employment is from year to year up to a maximum of 2-3 years. Click for full job descriptions and application procedures. Contact José de Jesús with immediate questions: 212-772-5706 or firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for more articles, more news, and more updates on all things related to the Puerto Rican diaspora!