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Sandra Maria Esteves Performs “Aguacero” at the Young Lords 40th Anniversary Celebration

Web ExclusiveSeptember 11, 2009
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This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the revolutionary community organizing group the Young Lords. The group called for self-determination for all Puerto Ricans, community control of institutions and land, freedom for all political prisoners and the withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam, Puerto Rico and other areas. The Young Lords would also play a pivotal role in spreading awareness of Puerto Rican culture and history, leaving a legacy still felt today.

Sandra Maria Esteves is a “Puerto Rican-Dominican-Boriqueña- Quisqueyana-Taino-African-American,” born and raised in the Bronx. She is also one of the founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement. She performed her poem “Aguacero” at the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Young Lords.

The event took place at the First Spanish Methodist Church in East Harlem, the same church on East 111th Street that the group took over in late 1969 to house free breakfast and clothing programs, health services, a daycare center, a liberation school and community dinners.

Click here to download the PDF of “Aguacero” by Sandra Maria Esteves

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