The Library of Congress announced June 10 the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera as the 21st U.S. poet laureate. He will have the role for 2015 through 2016, beginning in September. Herrera, 66, whose migrant farm worker parents emigrated from mexico, will be the nation’s first Latino poet laureate since the position was created in 1936.
Pope Francis will canonize 18th-century Spanish friar Junipero Serra in September when he visits the U.S. Serra is credited with founding several missions in California that were created to spread the Christian gospel to the native peoples of that part of North America. Some Native Americans oppose Serra’s canonization; they say his work contributed to the oppression of their ancestors.
Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, center, and cast members from the musical “Hamilton,” landed on Broadway to raves from audiences and critics alike. The show about founding father Alexander Hamilton (written by Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent) was praised for its innovative music and diverse casting. The show’s fans include President Barack Obama, who saw it in July.
Hispanic residents walk by a bilingual sign for a CVS pharmacy in Union City, New Jersey. A July report by the Spain-based nonprofit Instituto Cervantes indicates that the United States is the world’s second-largest Spanish-speaking country. Only Mexico has more Spanish speakers.
When the first issue of the relaunched “Spider-Man” series hits comic book stores this fall, the face behind the mask will be half-Latino, half-African American character Miles Morales. Morales had been the famed websling in the “Ultimate” offshoot of the popular series, but will now replace the iconic Peter Parker in a main “Spider-Man” series.
“Viva Frida,” written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, was an honor book, or runner-up, for the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children. Morales’s book also won a Pura Belpre Award, which is designated for a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience.
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