Welcome to another edition of Centro Voices. Today, we have a special edition to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. CENTRO Films has produced four documentary shorts on subjects ranging from the history of the parade to one of its founders, Gilberto Gerena Valentín. Also featured is the diaspora community in Lorain, OH and the history of the Jones Act, which granted U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans in 1917. So let your flags fly, share your pride, and learn about the history of what makes the Puerto Rican diaspora what it is today!
The 60th Anniversary of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade
First up, we have a short documentary on the history of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in anticipation of today's 60th anniversary!
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Short Film Explores the History of the Puerto Rican Community of Lorain, OH
Learn about the history of Lorain, OH, which along with Cleveland, is one of the "Honored Stateside Communities" for this year's National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Gilberto Gerena Valentín: Labor & Community Activist, Civil Rights Leader
For decades, Gilberto Gerena Valentín was the most important labor organizer, community activist, and civil rights leader of the Puerto Rican community in New York. Learn about his life and the role he played in founding the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
100 Years of the Jones Act
This year marks the 100th years of the Jones-Shafroth Act, which first extended a form of U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans in 1917. In this short doc, we take you deeper into the history of this landmark legislation.
The Puerto Rican Day Parade: Now and Then
Read a brief summary of the complicated history regarding the origins of the Puerto Rican Day Parade, as told by Carlos Rodríguez Fraticelli.
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!