Gilberto Gerena Valentín is one of the key figures in the development of New York’s Puerto Rican community between the 1940s and the 1970s. Gerena Valentín actively worked on the foundation and development of the main post-war Puerto Rican organizations, including the Congreso de los Pueblos, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the National Association of Puerto Rican Civil Rights, the Fiesta Folklórica Puertorriqueña, and the Puerto Rican Community Development Program. During this period, he was also the Director of the City Commission on Human Rights and New York City Councilman. Gerena Valentín was a pioneer in creating coalitions with the top civil African-American civil rights organizations, playing a key role in mobilizing Puerto Ricans in the famous 1963 and 1968 marches in Washington, D.C., and in the 1964 New York City School Boycott, the largest in the history of the United States. In his memoirs, Gilberto Gerena Valentín takes us to the core of the ongoing union, political, social and cultural struggles set forth by Puerto Ricans between the years following the Great Migration and the 1970s.
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Book Description Centro Press, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1878483641