Roberto was one of the best baseball players to step on the mound. He was born in 1934 in Barrio San Antón of Puerto Rico and began playing ball at an early age. Baseball is huge in Cuba, PR, the Dominican Republic and many other Latino & Caribbean countries. Clemente joined an amateur league in his teens and by the time he was 18 played for the national team Santurce. A major league team called the Brooklyn Dogers came to PR to play and offered him a spot. He bumped around after moving north and landed on the Pittsburg Pirates where he made a name for himself. He had a 353 bating average, he played in the world series, got 240 home runs, played with some of the greatest and was the first Afro Latino player in the league after the likes of Jackie Robinson. He died in a plane crash at an early age but was inducted into the baseball hall of fame and opened the door for many Latinos to join the MLB, which now has hundreds of players from Puerto Rico and other countries.
Sources: 21-Wilfred Santiago, Wikipedia
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This is for all my Puerto Rican fam, but also it is a lesson in US Colonialism. In 1920 the law was imposed on the island of Puerto Rico makes it so folks in PR have to get goods brought to the island via US ships, which not only makes items more expensive for Boricua’s (Puerto Rican’s) but it lines the pockets of US corporations. This law was created after WW1 to keep the US from being attacked but that was nearly 100 years ago. If the US Govt doesn’t want to treat the people of PR like US citizens, they need to release their claws from the island and that starts w/ repealing this act. Although the idiot in the White House waived it temporarily, it is no where near getting the clutches of the US Govt as a colonialist power off of Puerto Rico where they have bombed, taxed, and exploited the people. If you would like to assist the people check out www.Defendpr.com for updates and information on how to advocate in the US.
Peep this: Rosa Clemente
Pura Belpre was NYC’s first Puerto Rican librarian. She was a storyteller, educator, and a pioneer in library programming and learning for children. She was born in 1899 in Puerto Rico and came to the US in 1920. In 1921 she began working in the New York City public library system. She has been called a pioneer because of her outreach to the Latino community offering programming in spanish. She founded a mobile puppet company that went around the neighborhood performing her stories. She looked for and purchased books in spanish for the library when multicultural literature was not a thing. As a storyteller she brought stories from her country like “Perez y Martina” and shared them with the children uptown, while also translating them and publishing them in books for the first time. Because of the amazing work she did as an advocate for literacy and education in the community an award has been named in her honor by the American Library Association. I did not hear a single thing about Ms Belpre until I was in my 30’s. But, her dedication to engaging children and getting them to read inspires me. And I hope that more about her life is uncovered and that we as kids and adults learn about stories like hers. Check out the book “The Storyteller’s candle” and the documentary by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College called “Pura Belpre” https://vimeo.com/30837106
Sources: Wikipedia (website) and “Colorin Colorado” (blog)
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