Interview with Leticia Rodriguez on May 6, 2013

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

00:00:00 Rodriguez reflects on her early life and childhood, being born in San Juan and moving to New York City, her mother's work in the garment industry, and her relationship with her grandmother. 00:11:21 Rodriguez talks about her identity as a Nuyorican, and growing up between New York City and Puerto Rico, going to school and church, and balancing two cultures. 00:22:40 Rodriguez shares her experience working in the social services field, working with families in the Puerto Rican Family Institute, as well as working with the New York City Human Rights Commission and AARP, and mentions notable people who helped her during this process. 00:34:00 Rodriguez reflects on her work experiences at El Puente, and takes a brief water break. 00:35:37 Rodriguez continues to share her experiences working with El Puente, her community outreach, La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, and the Amethyst Women's Project. 00:47:00 Rodriguez describes the cultural activities performed in the organizations she worked with, including as executive director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, such as community outreach and supporting the arts. She also discusses donating archives from La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña to the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. 00:58:18 Rodriguez describes La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña's legacy in the Latino community for over thirty years, and shares her feelings towards Latino organizations in New York City and enumerates what they should do for the community to support one another. 01:09:39 Rodriguez expresses how grateful she was to do this interview, and states how proud she is to be Latina and Nuyorican and to work in community organizations.


Date
May 5, 2013, Recording date
Interviewee
Leticia Rodriguez
Interviewer
Shakti Castro
Location of interview

Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 695 Park Ave, New York, NY

Language
English
Object Type
Moving Image
Identifier
LRod.2013.05.06.fullInterview
Related Keywords
Latino affairs, Birthplace, Identity, Music, Community-based organizations, Poetry, Art, HIV / AIDS, Radio, Community, Work, Social services, Senior citizens, Catholicism, Bilingualism, Parents, Garment workers, Discrimination, Women
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Michael Jackson, Gloria Torres, Agustin Gonzalez, Suleika Cabrera, Maria Cuadrado, Rolando Acosta, Carlos Hernandez, Ramon S. Velez, Luis Garden Acosta, Frances Lucenda, Ramon del Campo, Otilio Diaz, Damaris Mendez Ortega, Luis Rodriguez, Angel Feliciano, Carlos Aponte, Oscar García Rivera, Malín Falú, Luis Cabrera, Edwin Melendez, Pedro Juan Hernández, CABS Nursing Home Company, El Puente, La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Puerto Rican Family Institute, Institute for Puerto Rican and Hispanic Elderly, New York (N.Y.). City Commission on Human Rights, AARP, Medicare, Amethyst Women's Project, Center for Puerto Rican Studies
Related Places
Center for Puerto Rican Studies (interview location), South Bronx (is referenced), Lower East Side (is referenced), Queens (is referenced), Caguas, PR (is referenced), San Lorenzo, PR (is referenced), The Bronx (is referenced), San Juan, PR (is referenced), Río Piedras (is referenced), Brooklyn (is referenced), Vieques, PR (is referenced)
Related Dates
1950, Date mentioned
1970, Date mentioned
1982 – 1990, Date mentioned
December 2007, Date mentioned
Related Items

Citation
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Leticia Rodriguez on May 6, 2013: LRod.2013.05.06.fullInterview. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 15 Sep 2019.
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