Celebrating Puerto Rican Women 2016

Lillian Jimenez and Taina Asili lead the singing of "La Borinqueña" @ Celebrating Puerto Rican Women: Today, Tomorrow and Always! 2016

(March 5, 2016) The Committee to Honor Puerto Rican Women held its 8th Annual recognition ceremony, “Celebrating Puerto Rican Women: Today, Tomorrow and Always!” in solidarity with International Working Women’s Day.

The three women honored this year were South Bronx activist Sandra Hernandez (posthumously), community organizer and educator Esperanza Martell, and the Founder and Executive Director of The WomanHOOD Project (Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination) Amanda Matos. Each received The Adelfa Vera Award which recognizes “the late Doña Vera’s commitment to awaken the Puerto Rican people to a future of freedom and social justice.”

The gathering held at the El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 Gallery was well attended. Special performances by singer/activist Taina Asili, and by BombaYo led by cultural educator Jose Ortiz stirred the festive excitment of the evening. Poetry by Alicia Morejon and La Mariposa imbued the audience with the strength and spirituality of Puerto Rican women. La artesania of the Puerto Rican/Nuyorican community was represented by members of PRIDA (Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts).

For more info about the Committee to Honor Puerto Rican Women and their award recipients, goto:  https://honoringprwomen.wordpress.com/.

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