Hispanic Heroes You Should Know About

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rom September 15 to October 15, our country celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month. Hispanic culture has enriched the American way of life along with the way of the world from spicy cuisine, to the vibrant sounds of bachata, salsa and merengue. This diverse cultural community has provided our nation with a number of notable activists, artists, authors, athletes, scientists, political leaders and much more. Here are a few men and women who left their marks on our society.

Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez, American labor leader and civil rights activist, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. He organized and led the Delano grape strike, the most successful boycott in U.S. history with 17 million American participants. This led to better working conditions, the right to unionize, and access to health care and pensions.

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Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso Cuarón

Alfonso Cuarón is the first Mexican director to win an Oscar for his 2013 drama film, Gravity.

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson, an Afro-Latina, award-winning actress, co-founded the non-profit organization, Voto Latino, that encourages young Hispanics to register and become more politically active.
Rosario Dawson
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Laurie Hernandez

Laurie Hernandez became the third U.S.-born, Latina athlete to make the U.S. women’s gymnastics Olympic team during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda, of Puerto-Rican descent, is a renowned American composer, playwright, librettist, songwriter and actor. He is most famous for two of his Broadway hits, In the Heights a story of the vibrant Hispanic community in Washington Heights, NY, and Hamilton the hip-hop musical of the life of Treasury Secretary and US founding father, Alexander Hamilton. Miranda is the winner of multiple Tony and Grammy Awards, is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient and a Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Mario Molina

Mario Molina became the first Mexican-born chemist to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Laureate when he discovered the harmful effects of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases used as spray can propellants, refrigerants and solvents on the stratospheric ozone layer.

Ellen Ochoa

Ellen Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman in space in 1993. After four missions, she’s spent about 1,000 hours in orbit total.

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Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos is a Mexican-born American journalist, author and notable anchor for Univision. He’s one of the most influential people in the U.S., lovingly called the “Walter Cronkite of Latin America.”

Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history, nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009.

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How to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Book List | Hispanic Heroes

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Take a Stand by Jorge Ramos
Gmorning, gnight: little pep talks for me & you by Lin-Manuel Miranda
In the Heights: Finding Home by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Gravity (DVD)
Cesar Chavez (DVD)
Hamilton : the revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Historians on Hamilton
The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

Book List for Kids | Hispanic Heroes

The Astronaut with a Song for the Stars
I am Sonia Sotomayor
Mario and the Hole in the Sky
30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States
Ground Breaking Guys: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Strong Voices: 15 American Speeches Worth Knowing
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer
3, 2, 1 Awesome: 20 Fearless Women Who Dared to Be Different
Be Bold! Be Brave! 11 Latinas Who Made U.S. History
You Should Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda
Sonia Sotomayer: A Biography
Astronaut Ellen Ochoa
Game Changers: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Who Was the Voice of the People? Cesar Chavez
Laurie Hernandez: Olympic Gynmnast

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