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Lorain County celebrates HHM


Lorain: On Saturday night Sept. 20, 2008, the Lorain County Latino Celebration kicked off its observance of Hispanic Heritage Month with the movie “Yo Soy Boricua, Tu Lo Sepas”—a history of Puerto Rico and its people following the themes of family, language, and racism in an historical context. 

The documentary discusses the Diaspora of Puerto Ricans to the United States in the 1950s, especially New York City, and the struggle of a proud people, striving for acceptance in an often-hostile environment.  The movie was produced and directed by Rosie Pérez and narrated by Jimmi Smits.


On Sept. 21, at Lakeview Park, all of Lorain was invited to join in a daylong celebration. About 3,000 people attended the festival that featured music, dance, food, and fellowship. 


Organized by Latino Media Network, a Division of IGM Consulting, and event coordinator Mary Santiago, this was the first of what will become an annual event in Lorain County. 


According to Mary Santiago, “This was long overdue, and after talking to my fellow Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs Commissioner Richard Romero, we decided to start now and not wait any longer. We plan to build on this event and extend the celebration throughout the month.” 


Romero added that “Our goal was to welcome everyone to come together to share our rich cultures, learn about Latino contributions to the greatness of the United States and celebrate the diversity of Latinos in the United States.”



Sammy De Leon






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