Latino Leaders Speak: Personal Stories of Struggle and Triumph

Latino Leaders Speak: Personal Stories of Struggle and Triumph

by Mickey Ibarra


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"People do not define you, Soledad OBriens 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. OBriens remarks, like the others included in this volume, reflect on what it means to be Latino in the United States. For her, Its 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558858435
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 05/31/2017
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Mickey Ibarra, Founder & Chairman, Latino Leaders Network ix

Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives Henry Bonilla 1

State Superintendent of Schools, State of Oregon Susan Castillo 5

Congressman, Texas' 20th District Joaquín Castro 15

Physician & Chancellor, The University of Texas System Francisco G. Cigarroa 19

U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Henry G. Cisneros 27

Reverend Father & Professor, The University of Notre Dame Virgilio P. Elizondo 37

President, National Education Association Lily Eskelsen-García 45

U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales 53

Businessman & U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez 59

Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives Luis V. Gutiérrez 67

Astronaut, NASA José Hernández 77

Producer, Author & Journalist Maria Hinojosa 91

Civil Rights Activist & President, Dolores Huerta Foundation Dolores Huerta 105

U.S. Senator & U.S. Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Mel Martínez 113

U.S. Senator Robert "Bob" Menéndez 125

General Manager, NY Mets Omar Minaya 133

County Supervisor, Los Angeles County Gloria Molina 139

Author & Executive Vice President, PepsiCo Richard Montañez 149

President & CEO, National Council of La Raza Janet Murguía 161

Journalist, Producer & Anchor, CNN Soledad O'Brien 171

Mayor, City of Denver Federico Peña 181

Chair of the Democratic National Committee & U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Pérez 189

Governor, New Mexico William "Bill" Richardson 195

Actor & Screenwriter Adam Rodríguez 203

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar 209

News Anchor, Univision María Elena Salinas 221

Lieutenant General, U.S. Army Ricardo Sánchez 231

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis 243

Author, Advertising Executive & Artist Lionel Sosa 251

Financial Expert & Best-Selling Author Julie Stav 255

Texas State Senator Leticia Van De Putte 261

Congresswoman, New York's 7th District Nydia M. Velázquez 267

Chairman, Democratic National Convention & Mayor, Los Angeles Antonio Ramón Villaraigosa 273

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