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Library announces programs for Hispanic Heritage Month celebration
Press Release September 11, 2000

The Newark Public Library announced its schedule of free programs for its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The programs, which run from September 21 to December 2, will be held in the main library, 5 Washington Street. They cover a variety of topics: comedy, history, literature, music, theater, and a special traveling exhibition tracing the evolution of Latin baseball in the United States. Orlando "Peruchin" Cepeda, a 1999 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, has been invited to speak at the opening reception on September 21.

The exhibition is entitled "Diamond of Hope and Glory: The Life and Times of Latin Americans in the Negro Leagues" ("Diamante de Esperanza y Gloria: La Historia de los Latinoamericanos en las Ligas Negras"). Todd Bolton, Negro League baseball historian, and Dr. Lawrence Hogan, professor of History at Union County College, curated the exhibition with the assistance of the library's Juan Enrique Cintrón. It is on view through December 30 in the lobby and second-floor gallery of the main library.

Diamond of Hope and Glory displays information about a number of the great Latin American stars and the Negro League records that they hold. From the early barnstorming teams through the decades of Negro League baseball, this exhibition offers a glimpse of what the major leagues were missing all those years. A complementary section spotlights contemporary Latin baseball superstars.

The Friends of The Newark Public Library; the New Jersey Council for the Humanities; the Center for Latino Arts & Culture at Rutgers University; the City of Newark, Department of Neighborhood & Recreational Services, Division of Recreation/Cultural Affairs; and a Community Development Block Grant/HUD funded the celebration. Co-sponsors include the Mayor's Committee on Hispanic Heritage Month; Amigos de la Cultura Latina/Ecuatoriana; the Center for Latino Arts & Culture at Rutgers University; and the City of Newark, Department of Neighborhood & Recreational Services, Division of Recreation/Cultural Affairs.

Following is the complete list of the library's "Hispanic Heritage Month" programs. For more information about these programs, patrons are invited to call the library's Sala Hispanoamericana at (973) 733-7772, or they may visit the library's home page at www.npl.org.

Exhibition: Diamond of Hope and Glory: Life and Times of Latin Americans in the Negro Leagues; Un Diamante de Esperanza y Triunfo: Historia de los Latinoamericanos en las Ligas Negras de Béisbol. Curated by Todd Bolton, Dr. Lawrence Hogan, with Juan Enrique Cintrón. Lobby and 2nd Floor Gallery Through December 30

S E P T E M B E R
21 Opening Reception for programming and exhibition. Invited guest speaker: Orlando "Peruchín" Cepeda, 1999 inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Centennial Hall; 6pm
23 "Béisbol Behind the Veil: Latin Americans in the Negro Leagues," an historical presentation and panel discussion led by Todd Bolton and Dr. Lawrence Hogan, exhibit curators and baseball historians. Centennial Hall; 2pm
30 The Nuyorican Poets' Café presents an afternoon of comedy and poetry hosted by poet Miguel Algarín. Centennial Hall; 3pm

O C T O B E R
14 Roberto González Echevarría, author of "The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball," will discuss the history of baseball in Cuba; accompanied by a slide show. Auditorium; 2pm
21 Hooray for Children series presents singer-guitarist Dave Goldman's musical program, "International Carnival of Songs," suitable for the entire family. Auditorium; 2pm
28 An afternoon of music, poetry and short stories, entitled "Reencuentro Noche de Poesía, Cuentos y Música," presented by award-winning Latin American New Jersey authors. The Mayor's Committee on Hispanic Heritage Month and Amigos de la Cultura Latina/Ecuatoriana are cosponsors of the event. Auditorium; 2pm
N O V E M B E R
18 The Spanish Repertory Theater presents Vieques, a comedy set on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico at the time when the U.S. Navy began to use the island for its military exercises. The program is cosponsored by the Center for Latino Arts and Culture at Rutgers University and DORCA. This performance includes a post-performance audience discussion with director and playwright. Centennial Hall; 2pm

D E C E M B E R
2 Homenaje a Don Pedro Mir, Poeta Nacional de la República Dominicana: a literary reading and reception in remembrance of Don Pedro Mir, poet laureate of the Dominican Republic. Presented by the Association of Latin American Writers of Newark. Auditorium; 2pm

 

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