Hostos is a proud collaborator and sponsor of the Evelina Antonetty Centennial Celebration taking place September 12-19, 2022. Read the Evelina Antonetty 100 Centennial press release provided below.

Evelina Antonetty Centennial Celebration Set for Sept 12-19 at 19 Venues in New York and Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican Activist will be Remembered in Program Featuring Panel Discussions, Art Exhibitions, Concerts, Play and Poetry Readings
Bronx, NY, July 27 – Over 20 organizations based in The Bronx, Manhattan and Puerto Rico will join forces in September to celebrate the centennial of Evelina Antonetty, one of the most impactful activists of the Puerto Rican diaspora of the 20th century.
Titled EVELINA 100, A celebration of the life and times of Dr. Evelina Antonetty, the celebration is scheduled for the week of September 12-19 at 19 venues and will feature concerts; an exhibition of specially commissioned art; the reading of the play, Evelina’s Heart; panel discussions; poetry readings; the premiere of new music; and a teleconference between community activists in New York and Puerto Rico. The program of events is attached to this announcement.
“Today the legacy of Evelina Antonetty lives on as scholars, friends, family members and those she mentored gather to celebrate her centennial nearly forty years after her untimely passing in 1984,” said Dr. Daisy Cocco de Filippis, president of Hostos Community College (CUNY), the principal sponsor of the celebration. “May this centennial serve to rekindle the fires she set in her time, and introduce her to and inspire young people to continue her work.”
A brief biography prepared for the centennial reads: “(Evelina Antonetty) was a force to be reckoned with, one of the most effective and impactful leaders of the Puerto Rican diaspora of the twentieth century.
“She started her public life as a union organizer and aide to progressive elected officials. Then, as a mother, she immersed herself in parental oversight of schools and founded United Bronx Parents, a parent advocacy agency that gained national attention serving as a model for other efforts from coast to coast.”
The sponsors and collaborators of Evelina 100 are: Hostos Community College (CUNY), Centro (The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY), The Bronx Music Heritage Center, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Pregones Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, BronxNet, The Bronx County Historical Society, 52 People for Progress, Rincón Criollo, Caño Martín Peña, Nos Quedamos, The Point, Brooklyn College Caribbean Studies Department, Borough of Manhattan Community College, LaGuardia Community College-Dean of Students Office, Taino Towers, Casita Maria, Chocolate Cortes/ChocoBar, Vito Marcantonio Forum, College of Staten Island, BronxCare Health System, UnitedHere Local 100 and more!
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Nydia R. Edgecombe, Ph.D., Chair-Evelina 100 Centennial