“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.


* 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
Born: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Judith F. Baca
Educator, activist
Born: Los Angeles, California
Sandra Cisneros
Born: Chicago, Illinois
Cristina García
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
Born: Hartford, Connecticut
Mel Martínez
Attorney and public official
Born: Sagua La Grande, Cuba
Mario J. Molina
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
Born: Carlsbad, California
Raul H. Yzaguirre
Civil Rights leader
Born: San Juan, Texas
Pepón Osorio
Installation artist
Born: Santurce, Puerto Rico
Derek Parra
Born: San Bernardino, California