Did you know 60.6 million people in the United States are Hispanic? Sept. 15 was the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month in which we celebrate those 60.6 million people doing good in our community and neighborhoods to keep us safe. In this article we shed some light to some of the people who have taken time, effort, and money to help others.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is a known celebrity for his wondrous talents in popular Broadway shows including Alexander Hamilton. Miranda was raised in Manhattan, New York, to Luis and Luz Miranda, who were both born in Puerto Rico. He partnered up with Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Camila Cabello, Marc Anthony, and others to create ‘’Almost Like Praying’’ to help benefit people in Puerto Rico after violent earthquakes and Hurricane Maria. He raised thousands of dollars to help people who had lost their homes due to recent catastrophic events.
Next, is the famous songwriter and lead singer for one of the best Cuban bands in the world, Gloria Estefan. Gloria Estefan was born in Havana, Cuba, but had to run away when tyrant Fidel Castro was rising in power. She married Emilio Estefan and together they made a Broadway musical showcasing all the Miami Sound Machine’s top songs.
Estefan won seven Grammys and was the first Cuban-American to be named as one of the Kennedy Center Honorees. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S President Barack Obama for changing the way of American Music.
Roberto Clemente was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 18, 1934. He started playing baseball right after high school. Clemente signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league named the Montreal Royals and played for a season.
Then he made his major debut as a batter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He starred in the National League and the World Series. Clemente was the first Latino-American to make 3,000 career hits before he died. Clemente was always doing charity work when he wasn’t out in the field. He was planning a project to make a ‘’Sports City’’ which would encourage youths to build their careers in sports. He held baseball clinics to show children how to play baseball. He died in a plane crash while headed to Nicaragua filled with hurricane relief equipment.
These are a few examples of some famous Hispanic figures who have given their time, effort, and money to help others.