The leading source of Spanish-language media in the United States for educational and cultural programming, recently announced the premiere of the short form series “Voices”which recognizes Puerto Rican pioneers who have made historic contributions to society and the communities they represent.
Puerto Ricans have long been an essential part of the fabric of the United States and their contributions span all fields.
As part of Puerto Rican Heritage Month, community leaders, activists, and local Puerto Rican organizations will gather for the debut of this series that will take place through a screening at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work this November 17 at 6 p.m. ET.
“Voces” initially features 2-minute capsules highlighting the transformative success stories of Puerto Rican leaders and visionaries, both past and present. Following its premiere, the series will be available on HITN-TV and the HITN GO app.
“From literature, music and art to politics, social work and academia, we see the unique impact our Puerto Rican community has every day. By launching this new Voices series during Puerto Rican Heritage Month, our goal is to amplify and shed light on the contributions made by Puerto Rican innovators. Through this series, we will provide visible representation of their efforts, sparking inspiring conversations for Puerto Rican and Hispanic families across the United States,” said Michael Nieves, CEO of HITN-TV.
Among the figures that will appear in “Voices”, the following stand out:
Nydia Velazquez: has served in New York in the United States House of Representatives since 1993. She was the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in the United States Congress and has been a strong advocate for the human and civil rights of Puerto Ricans.
Minnie Gonzalez: The Connecticut state representative is currently the vice speaker of the House. During her time in office, González has focused her efforts on improving the quality of life for children and families in her community.
Rev. Luis Cortés: This reverend created Esperanza, the country’s leading Hispanic evangelical network, with the desire to meet the needs of the Latino community in Philadelphia. This network now serves more than 13,000 Hispanic faith-based and community organizations across the country. Cortes has also organized the National Hispanic Prayer Conference and Breakfast for over 20 years.
Jose E. Lopez: Professor López is an author, university lecturer, and activist. He is also the co-founder and longtime executive director of the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago. He is a Puerto Rican thought leader, a prominent member of the Puerto Rican independence movement, and editor of “El nacionalismo puertorriqueño: un lector.”
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (posthumous recognition): He was an Afro-Puerto Rican historian, writer, and activist. During his life, he devoted his energy and resources to raising awareness of the contributions and culture of Afro-Latin Americans and African Americans. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, part of the New York Public Library system, is named in his honor.
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HITN-TV presents a new series to honor Puerto Rican pioneers