Written by Victoria Cepeda
My alma mater, Montclair State University, is hosting its second Latino/a Caucus’ Annual Lecture Series this upcoming March 3rd. Their key speaker will be Reyna Grande who is the author of “Crossing Borders: An Author’s Journey Across a Hundred Mountains” (2006) for which she received an American Book Award in 2007 and El Premio Aztlan Literary Award in 2006. Her latest novel, Dancing with Butterflies, was published in October 2009 to rave reviews. It received a 2010 International Latino Book Award in its Best Women’s Issues category.
According to the author’s page Ms. Grande “was born in Mexico in 1975 and was raised by her grandparents after her parents left her behind while they worked in the U.S. She came to the U.S. at the age of nine as an undocumented immigrant and went on to become the first person in her family to obtain a degree in higher education”.
Although her story is not unique it is an example of why so many people flock to the U.S. in search of a better future for their kids. It is a reminder to us that undocumented does not mean criminal nor limited. The opportunities are ripe for the taking. Therefore, hail to Ms. Grande for her contribution to our culture and legacy in the United States of America.
Montclair State University is located in Upper Montclair, NJ off of route 46 and only 20 minutes from the Lincoln Tunnel. The caucus kicks off at 1:00 pm at the Student Center Ballroom A and it is free of charge and open to the public.
Have a blessed day Familia.
Reyna Grande – Author’s Page
Montclair State University – Alumni Association
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