Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Evolution of Leadership Within the [Philly] Puerto Rican community

If you're into Puerto Rican history, then don't miss out on Taller Puertorriqueño's upcoming Meet the Author Series: The Evolution of Leadership Within the Puerto Rican Community. Ariel Arnau will be discusing his article, The Evolution of Leadership Within the Puerto Rican Community of Philadelphia, 1950s-1970s. This presentation discusses the generational change in community leadership and the conflicts over control in Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community. 

During my nine years in Philadelphia I met great leaders in the community. Most of Philly's Latino community is Puerto Rican which coincides with their leadership. I definitely learned a lot and just like any industry or community, it's changing and every growing. For example, making history in November 2007 with nearly 80% of the vote, with tremendous grassroots and community support, Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez, became the first Puerto Rican/Latino elected to a district City Council seat and the first Latina to serve on the Philadelphia City Council. And it doesn't stop there. Philadelphia is booming with young Latino leaders.

Mr. Arnau is a graduate student at the CUNY Graduate Center working on a PhD in history. He currently teaches Latin American Studies at Temple University. Click here to read the article in advance.
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