Latino leaders speak: personal stories of struggle and triumph

Latino leaders speak: personal stories of struggle and triumph

  • Author: Ibarra, Mickey; Pérez-Brown, Maria (eds.)
  • Publisher: Arte Público Press
  • ISBN: 9781558858435
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781518501289
  • eISBN Epub: 9781518501265
  • Place of publication:  Houston , United States
  • Year of publication: 2017
  • Pages: 272

“People do not define you,” Soledad O’Brien’s Cuban mother repeatedly told her children. “You define yourself.” And so this mixed-race, first-generation Latina American would go on to succeed in her field, ultimately becoming an anchor for CNN. O’Brien’s remarks, like the others included in this volume, reflect on what it means to be Latino in the United States. For her, “It’s succeeding, fulfilling the dream and then turning around and grabbing everybody else and making it happen for them too.”

The importance of education is a common refrain in the lives of the leaders represented here. Many reference one particular teacher or mentor who made a difference. The late Reverend Father Virgilio Elizondo, a professor at the University of Notre Dame, said his fifth-grade teacher changed his life. She taught him to love school and learning. Others remember the sacrifices made by parents so that their children could have more opportunities for a better life. In all, these writings are both a testament to perseverance and a guide to life, for readers of all backgrounds.

Originally presented at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series in Washington, DC, and other major cities, the personal stories included in this book are all by successful Latinos involved in a variety of occupations, from politics and sports to education and activism. Contributors include former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; former general manager of the New York Mets, Omar Minaya; and Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, the Chancellor of the University of Texas System. Their words will inspire readers of all ages to follow their dreams and help those less fortunate.

  • Cover
  • Title page
  • Copyright page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction | Mickey Ibarra, Founder & Chairman, Latino Leaders Network
  • Henry Bonilla, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Schools, State of Oregon
  • Joaquín Castro, Congressman, Texas’ 20th District
  • Francisco G. Cigarroa, Physician & Chancellor, The University of Texas System
  • Henry G. Cisneros, U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
  • Virgilio P. Elizondo, Reverend Father & Professor, The University of Notre Dame
  • Lily Eskelsen-García, President, National Education Association
  • Alberto R. Gonzales, U.S. Attorney General
  • Carlos Gutiérrez, Businessman & U.S. Secretary of Commerce
  • Luis V. Gutiérrez, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • José Hernández, Astronaut, NASA
  • Maria Hinojosa, Producer, Author & Journalist
  • Dolores Huerta, Civil Rights Activist & President, Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Mel Martínez, U.S. Senator & U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
  • Robert “Bob” Menéndez, U.S. Senator
  • Omar Minaya, General Manager, NY Mets
  • Gloria Molina, County Supervisor, Los Angeles County
  • Richard Montañez, Author & Executive Vice President, PepsiCo
  • Janet Murguía, President & CEO, National Council of La Raza
  • Soledad O’Brien, Journalist, Producer & Anchor, CNN
  • Federico Peña, Mayor, City of Denver
  • Thomas E. Pérez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee & U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • William “Bill” Richardson, Governor, New Mexico
  • Adam Rodríguez, Actor & Screenwriter
  • Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
  • María Elena Salinas, News Anchor, Univision
  • Ricardo Sánchez, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army
  • Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • Lionel Sosa, Author, Advertising Executive & Artist
  • Julie Stav, Financial Expert & Best-Selling Author
  • Leticia Van De Putte, Texas State Senator
  • Nydia M. Velázquez, Congresswoman, New York’s 7th District
  • Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa, Chairman, Democratic National Convention & Mayor, Los Angeles


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