Originally posted on Pa'lante Latino:
By Efrain Nieves & Victoria Cepeda
Often times we witness or read stories about individuals that were ahead of their era. The saying goes “inquisitive minds want to know” and, for me, it’s the the need to learn more about the history of Puerto Rico that drives me. Having been born in the US, schools only taught me about US History.
Why the quest to learn more about my parents’ birth country and its history? Because we are nothing without better understanding our origin. As such, while reading an article last night I came across a link to the biography of an individual whose name may be familiar to some of you but of whom I had zero knowledge of. Thus, I felt compelled to write and speak about him in an effort to learn as well as teach others that, like me, know very little about historical people of Puerto Rico. His name was Dr. José Celso Barbosa commonly known as the The Father of the Statehood for Puerto Rico movement. Both an admired and controversial figure who deserves to have his story told.