Here are 5 Afro-Latinos Making an Impact
U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat
U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill, and the north-west Bronx. First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat was sworn into office on January 3, 2017, during the 115th Congress and is serving his third term in Congress.
Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities to keep the United States safe, strong, and moving forward. Representative Espaillat is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).
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Maritza Correia McClendon
David “Big Papi” Ortiz
Esperanza Spalding has been hailed as a prodigy since a teen. She began learning and playing instruments at the young age of five years old. Esperanza is born to an African-American father and part-Hispanic mother. She is the first Jazz Musician to win a Grammy in the Best New Artist Category, beating out the more famous nominees such as Justin Bieber.
Spalding played for U.S. President Barack Obama three times in 2009, twice at the White House, and once at that year’s Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo.
Sources: 1) Hispanic Star