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When Puerto Rico-based reporter Libni Sanjurjo came across Centro’s Puerto Rican Heritage Poster Series she said she felt as though she found a “treasure of information.” A history buff with a nose for news who discovered the series on the Centro website, she pitched the story to her editors at...
Friday, April 25 5 to 8 pm Hunter College Silberman Building Centro Library & Archives 2180 Third Avenue and 119th Street, East Harlem The New York Regional Office of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), the Creative Network of the Puerto Rican Diaspora and Centro invite you...
Kenia Tapia, 17, is working on a research paper for her high school class on hip-hop and Latinos in the United States. She admits she chose the topic because she loves music and finds any excuse to write about music. “You hear a lot about African Americans in hip hop,” she said. “But I want to hear...
With a suitcase full of colorful puppets and props, bilingual actress, storyteller, singer/songwriter and puppeteer Flor Bromley performed one of her favorite theater roles: Pura Belpré, the storyteller and performer. “It touches my heart to play Belpré and to share her stories; I feel like a...
Centro has several valuable educational resources, including complete courses and other teaching material, that are available online to provide low-cost or free creative resources that enliven teaching and learning experiences. They are fingertip-accessible to educators, students, researchers and...
Centro’s oral history team has video recorded the stories of more than 60 of the over 100 leaders who participated in Centro’s 100 Puerto Ricans Preserving Our Heritage Campaign . “The campaign’s goal is to collect oral histories from 100 Puerto Rican nominees that capture the collective story of...
Pura Belpré: Walking Outside the Book Thursday, March 27 6-8 pm Hunter College 68th Street Campus Faculty Dining Room, West Building, 8th floor Pura Belpré: Walking Outside the Book kicks off Centro’s spring events season with a panel discussion on Belpré’s role as not just as an author but as a...
As we celebrate Women's History Month in March, Centro pays tribute to Puerto Rican women who have paved the way, and continue to do so, in New York City and in enclaves across the United States. For Dr. Virginia Sánchez-Korrol, a historian and professor emerita at Brooklyn College, preserving the...
On February 20, Centro was proud to acknowledge 19 Central Florida community leaders who have joined our 100 Puerto Ricans Preserving Our History campaign, an event attended by more than 100 guests. The group recognized at Celebrating Puerto Ricans of Central Florida, at the Orlando Campus of the...
She may be turning 98 on February 21, but Ana Vilia Vélez Rieckhoff, better known as Anita Vélez-Mitchell, is still busy making a difference. The entertainer and writer is helping preserve our community’s vibrant history by sharing her rich colorful life stories with the Centro Archives as one of...
This spring Centro is planning a series of “diverse and exciting events highlighting groundbreaking Puerto Rican figures” that have made an impact on the Puerto Rican community in literature, art and activism, said Evelyn Collazo, events coordinator, who is busy working on the calendar. The...
Aurora Anaya Cerda remembers watching an East Harlem screening of Centro’s documentary Pura Belpré: Storyteller and being "captivated" by the tale of the life of this legendary storyteller, pioneer Latina librarian and author of folktales for children. As Anaya Cerda worked on her dream of opening...
With so few platforms marketing eBooks in Spanish, Centro has made the Spanish-language version of Soy Gilberto Gerena Valentín: memorias de un puertorriqueño en Nueva York available through the Centro Store. “The Centro store is now offering the Spanish language e-version of this book. This is the...
As Centro comes off the year-long celebration of its milestone 40th anniversary in February, at age 41 we look forward to growing bigger and even better, continuing to work hard to affirm our commitment to promoting the understanding, preserving and sharing of the history of Puerto Rican migration...
Centro has released a new guide showcasing the wide range of research publications focusing on Puerto Ricans in the United States that Centro has produced over the last 40 years, including recent and forthcoming work. As a research institute, Centro is the primary source of support for and...