Today we celebrate Puerto Rican culture! Remember to visit our exhibit “Puerto Rico: An Interactive Museum” on December 4th at the Christmas Tree Lighting and Auction. See the following slideshow for some of our favorite Puerto Rican luminaries:
1. El Velorio by paintor Francisco Oller
2. Luis Lloréns Torres – Writer, playright, poet and founding member of the Puerto Rico Independence Party.
3. Francisco Oller – Visual artist and the only Latin American painter to have played a role in the development of Impressionism.
4. Ricardo Alegría – Scholar, cultural anthropologist and father of modern Puerto Rican archaeology.
5. Osiris Delgado – Painter, writer, and historian
6. Tite Curet Alonso – Salsa composer
7. Héctor Lavoe – Salsa singer
8. Ismael Rivera – Composer and singer
9. Rafael Cordero – Father of Public Education in Puerto Rico
10. Sonia Sotomnayor – first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history
11. Marina Arzola- Poet and writer.
12. Rafael Hernández “El Topo” – Composer of Puerto Rican popular music
13. Enrique Laguerre – Teacher, critic and writer
14. Blanca Canales – Educator and a Puerto Rican Nationalist
15. Lucas Tomás (Tommy) Muñiz Ramírez – Comedy and drama actor, media producer, businessman and network owner
16. Luis Muñoz Rivera – Leader of the Autonomist Party
17. Nilita Vientós – Educator, writer, journalist and the first female lawyer to work for the Department of Justice of Puerto Rico.
18. José Celso Balbosa – Physician, sociologist and political leader known as the father of the Statehood for Puerto Rico movement.
19. José Miguel Agrelot “Don Cholito” – comedian, radio and television host
20. Juan Morel Campos – Danza composer
21. Julia de Burgos – Poet and advocate of Puerto Rican independence.
22. Pedro Albizu Campos – Attorney, politician and the leading figure in the Puerto Rican independence movement.
23. Lola Rodríguez de Tió – first Puerto Rican woman poet to establish herself a reputation as a great poet throughout all of Latin America.
24. Rita Moreno – Actress and singer. Only Hispanic to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards.
25. Hiram Bithorn – First baseball player from Puerto Rico to play in Major League Baseball.
26. Roberto Clemente – Professional baseball player
27. Raúl Juliá – Actor
28. Eugenio María de Hostos – Educator, philosopher, intellectual, lawyer, sociologist, and Puerto Rican independence advocate known as “El Gran Ciudadano de las Américas” (“The Great Citizen of the Americas”.)
29. Ramón Emeterio Betances – Puerto Rico nationalist
30. Sylvia Rexach – Comedy scriptwriter, poet, singer and composer of boleros
31. Luisa Capetillo – Famoous labor organizers, writer and an anarchist who fought for workers and women’s rights.
32. Felisa Rincón “Doña Fela” – First woman to be elected as the Mayor of a capital city in The Americas.
33. Luis Muñoz Marín – Poet, journalist, politician and statesman, regarded as the “Father of Modern Puerto Rico.”
34. Nemesio Canales – Essayist, journalist, novelist, playwright, politician and activist who defended women’s civil rights.
35. Ricky Martin – Popstar, actor and philanthropist, founder of the Ricky Martin Foundation.
36. Robi Draco Rosa – musician, composer, entrepreneur and philanthropist
37. Antonio Martorell – Painter, graphic artist, writer and radio and television personality
38. Luis Rafael Sánchez – Essayist, novelist, and short-story author
39. Luis Palés Matos – Poet who is creditef for creating the poetry genre known as Afro-Antillano.
40. Rafael Cortijo – Musician, orchestra leader, and composer