Puerto Rican Heritage Month Debut Includes Premiere Screening at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College on November 17
BROOKLYN, NY, November 16, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–“I am Puerto Rican, so you know it!” Not only is it a saying commonly used by Puerto Ricans to express pride in their heritage, but it is a reflection of the vibrant identity they have treasured and maintained for generations. Puerto Ricans have long been an essential part of the social fabric of the United States, and their contributions span all fields. To honor the many achievements of the Puerto Rican people, HITN-TV, the country’s leading Spanish-language media source for educational and cultural programming, today announced the premiere of a new series of short form “Voices” which recognizes Puerto Rican pioneers who have made historic contributions to society and the communities they represent.
The upcoming special edition of “Voices” features 2-minute capsules highlighting the transformative success stories of Puerto Rican leaders and visionaries. Debuting during Puerto Rican Heritage Month, the program will showcase Puerto Rican pioneers and change agents, both past and present.
On Thursday, November 17 at 6 pm ET, local Puerto Rican community leaders, activists and organizations will gather for a premiere screening of the series at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. After the 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,” said HITN-TV CEO Michael Nieves. “By launching this new Voices series during Puerto Rican Heritage Month, our goal is to amplify and highlight the contributions made by Puerto Rican innovators. Through this series, we will provide visible representation of their efforts, leading to inspiring conversations for Puerto Rican and Hispanic families throughout the United States.
Honorees featured in this Voices series include:
The Honorable Nydia Velazquez: Representative Velázquez has served 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 .
The Honorable Minnie Gonzalez: Rep. Gonzalez serves as a state representative from Connecticut and 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 Cortes: Rev. Cortés created Esperanza, the nation’s leading Hispanic evangelical network, out of a desire to meet the needs of Philadelphia’s Latino community. This network now serves more than 13,000 Hispanic faith-based and community organizations across the country. Rev. Cortés has also organized the National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast for over 20 years.
Prof. José E. López: Prof. 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, leading member of the Puerto Rican independence movement, and editor of “El nacionalismo puertorriqueño: un lector.”
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (posthumous recognition): Schomburg 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 after him in his honor.
To learn more about the Puerto Rican Heritage Month premiere of “Voces” and about the many Puerto Rican leaders highlighted through this short series, visit www.hitn.org/pr-heritage/.
HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. Reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere app available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information, visit: www.hitn.org and follow to @HITNtv on social platforms.
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HITN-TV PRESENTS NEW SERIES VOCES IN HONOR OF PUERTO RICAN PIONEERS