“Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement”

“Our Journeys/Our Stories: Portraits of Latino Achievement,” open to the public at the History Center from December 19 * March 13, 2005, presents an illustrated anthology of inspirational stories that celebrate Latino achievement in the United States. The exhibition was developed by the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibition, its national tour and related programs are made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund. “Our Journeys/Our Stories” is expected to travel to eight U.S. cities through 2006.

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

* An overview of Latino achievement and influence in the United States written by Nicolás Kanellos, the University of Houston’s Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Literature and founding director Arte Público Press

* 25 newly commissioned photographic portraits of U.S. Latinos that depict Nobel laureates, journalists, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, politicians, community activists and people from all walks of life

* Bilingual biographical highlights and excerpts from recent oral history interviews with narrative panels that reinforce Latino contributions to society over generations

* Portraits taken by photographers Luis Mallo, Héctor Méndez-Caratini and Celia Alvarez-Muñoz

* Historical panels highlight 12 Latinos and Latinas (including revolutionary and poet José Martí, singer Celia Cruz, civil rights leader and social activist Héctor García, and actress Rita Hayworth) who provided the base for the accomplishments attained by the individuals featured in the main presentation

* Nearly a dozen dichos, or familiar sayings, that inspired the people featured in the exhibition

* Educational activities that brings the local community voice into the exhibition

Palermo G. • Advisor/Program Coordinator of Support Services
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne • Office of Multicultural Services
Ricardo E. Alegría
Cultural anthropologist and archeologist
Born: San Juan, Puerto Rico
 
Linda Alvarado
Entrepreneur
Born: Albuquerque, New Mexico
 
Judith F. Baca
Educator, activist
Born: Los Angeles, California
 
Sandra Cisneros
Writer
Born: Chicago, Illinois
 
Cristina García
Writer
Born: Havana, Cuba
 
The Garza Family
Three generations committed to higher education
Born: Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas
 
Dolores Huerta
Labor leader and social activist
Born: Dawson, New Mexico
 
Tania León
Composer and conductor
Born: Havana, Cuba
 
Rebecca Lobo
Athlete
Born: Hartford, Connecticut
 
Mel Martínez
Attorney and public official
Born: Sagua La Grande, Cuba
 
Mario J. Molina
Chemist
Born: Mexico City, Mexico
 
Antonia C. Novello
Physician and public health official
Born: Fajardo, Puerto Rico
 
Ellen Ochoa
Astronaut, physicist, inventor
Born: Los Angeles, California
 
John Quiñones
Television Journalist
Born: San Antonio, Texas
 
Alfred Rascon
Public servant
Born: Chihuahua, Mexico
 
Bill Richardson
Politician and public servant
Born: Pasadena, California
 
Chita Rivera
Actress, dancer, singer
Born: Washington, D.C.
 
Juan Romagoza
Physician and public health advocate
Born: Usulután, El Salvador
 
Joseph Unanue
Businessman and philanthropist
Born: Brooklyn, New York
 
Luis Valdez
Playwright, director, producer
Born: Delano, California
 
Teodoro Vidal
Folklorist and historian
Born: San Juan, Puerto Rico
 
Victor Villaseñor
Writer
Born: Carlsbad, California
 
Raul H. Yzaguirre
Civil Rights leader
Born: San Juan, Texas
 
Pepón Osorio
Installation artist
Born: Santurce, Puerto Rico
 
Derek Parra
Athlete
Born: San Bernardino, California