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Black Latinos & the Civil Rights Movement

Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano

Date and Time

Monday, October 14, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM


  • Mary Idema Pew Library


Location: Multipurpose Room in Mary Idema Pew Library (030 LIB)


Based on her new book, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, speaker Sonia Manzano explores the impact that the Civil Rights Movement had on the Hispanic community. She examines how growing feelings of self-worth in both the African American and Latino communities gave rise to social programs like Head Start and the United Farm Workers, as well as educational TV programs like Sesame Street. Manzano gives her personal take on how the whole movement made Latinos examine racial prejudices in their own groups and sadly, in their own families.


For over 30 years, Sonia Manzano has inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as "Maria" on Sesame Street. Breaking ground as one of the first Hispanic characters on national television. As a Hispanic actress and activist, she has been honored by many organizations, including the Association of Hispanic Arts, The Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington DC, The National Hispanic Media Coalition, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, and the Hispanic Heritage Award for Education. In 2013, she was named among the “25 greatest Latino role models ever” by Latina Magazine.


Present by Kutsche Office of Local History 
In partnership with the Community Reading Project and Liberal Studies Department




Andrea Marz
Office Coordinator, Kutsche Office of Local History



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