Tag Archives: Black History Month
La escuela del Maestro Cordero de Francisco Oller

Rafael Cordero, The Father of Public Education in Puerto Rico

by Efrain Nieves & Victoria Cepeda Altruist Rafael Cordero, known as “el maestro Rafael”,  was born on October 24th, 1790 in  San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cordero’s parents were free blacks who were artisans and devoted Catholics. He was unable to attend school because, at that time, schools did not allow Blacks  to enroll. Nevertheless, Cordero’s parents […]

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Rosa Parks on Bus

The First Lady of Civil Rights

by Victoria Cepeda & Efrain Nieves Today, marks the 56th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ refusal to obey bus driver James F. Blake’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. Her refusal to move started the Montgomery Bus Boycott which damaged the services of the Montgomery bus company and led […]

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Black History Month: Edwidge Danticat

by Victoria Cepeda As we mark the beginning of Black History Month, we could have showcased countless of historical figures that are African Americans such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Madam C.J. Walker (America’s first millionaire of any race) and so forth. After all, Black History […]

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