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LEMC/COHP Collection

Latino Educational Media Center & Centro Oral History Project Collection

Incorporated as a non-profit in 1983, The Latino Educational Media Center produces and distributes educational media through all viable electronic technology on issues by and about the diverse and complex Latino communities in the United States. The Mission of the Latino Educational Media Center is to promote Latino media arts in order to represent the full spectrum and dynamic reality of Latinos in the United States, and to offer Latinos opportunities in media through a wide array of programs.

Items in this audio collection

Juan Gonzalez Interview, Tape 1

Interview with Juan Gonzalez. Gonzalez talks about his family and why they migrated to New York from Puerto Rico. He discusses his childhood in a working class family in East Harlem, and his New York public school experience in the 1950’s. Gonzalez also speaks about moving to Brooklyn, living in East New York, and attending Columbia University under a full scholarship. He discusses his time…

Juan Gonzalez Interview, Tape 2

Interview with Juan Gonzalez. Gonzalez speaks about visiting the Young Lords chapter in Chicago, establishing a chapter in New York City, and the ideas and practices that were applied to the New York chapter. He discusses the platform of the Young Lords and describes the purpose of the group to "end oppression" and to "start a social movement in the United States." He talks about the early…

Cesar Perales Interview, Tape 1

Interview with Cesar Perales. Perales discusses his childhood, attending Regis High School, and life in Corona, Queens. He speaks about attending City College and Fordham Law School. Perales discusses his experiences with racism and his self-identity as a Puerto Rican-American. He talks about his career and working with neighborhood legal services in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with PRLDEF,…

Eddie González Interview, Tape 1

Interview with Edward (Eddie) González, Jr. González discusses the origin and purpose of the Migration Office (MO), personal family experience with migration and benefits, the MO Employment Program, Operation Bootstrap, the Migrant Farm Program, and workers’ rights.

Eddie González was an employment counselor at the Migration Division Department of Labor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico…

Eddie González Interview, Tape 2

Interview with Edward (Eddie) González, Jr. Gonzalez discusses his role at the Migration Office (MO) of Employment, skill levels of individuals seeking work, training programs (including BOLT Basic Occupational Learning Training); a question is raised regarding socio-economic and other tensions González experienced while at the MO.

Eddie González was an employment counselor at the Migration…

Dylcia Pagan Interview, Tape 1

Interview with Dylcia Pagan. Pagan speaks about her early life, growing up in the Bronx in the late 1940s, her time as a children's television performer (ages 5-12), and the death of her parents. She further discusses her time as a student at Brooklyn College, where she helped to found the Puerto Rican Student Union. Towards the end of this portion of the interview, Pagan talks about how she…

Dylcia Pagan Interview, Tape 2

Interview with Dylcia Pagan. Pagan discusses her involvement with William Morales. She recounts her multiple subpoenas, having to go into hiding with her newborn son, and her eventual arrest and placement in both the state and federal prison system. Pagan reflects on how she spent her 19 years in prison, and what it was like to reunite with her son after so many years apart. In 1998 Dylcia…

Alice Cardona Interview, Tape 1

Interview with Alice Cardona. Cardona speaks about growing up in New York City during the 1930s and 40s, and her career and activism in the Puerto Rican community. She discusses her struggles with asserting her Puerto Rican identity and her involvement in community and educational organizations.

Alice Cardona was a Puerto Rican activist and advocate for women’s rights and was instrumental…

Alice Cardona Interview, Tape 2

Interview with Alice Cardona. Cardona discusses her work in the administration of Governor Mario Cuomo, and her continuing outreach and advocacy efforts in women's issues.

Alice Cardona was a Puerto Rican activist and advocate for women’s rights and was instrumental in the fight for bilingual education. She was the founder of various community organizations for Hispanic women in New York,…

Maria Canino Interview, Tape 1

Interview with Maria Canino. Canino was a student at the City University of New York (CUNY) in the early 1960s, and speaks of her involvement with education activism, the Hispanic Youth Association and the Puerto Rican Association for Community Affairs (PRACA). She speaks about her work with the East Harlem Tenants' Council, and of how that work helped her get involved with education…

Maria Canino Interview, Tape 2

Interview with Maria Canino. Canino continues to speak about her involvement at CUNY's Centro. She discusses the relationships that the Centro had with other US and Puerto Rican institutions in its early days, including a couple interactions students and faculty had on a visit to Puerto Rico for a conference. Interviewer Lillian Jimenez asks Canino if she thinks the mission of Centro has…

Daisy De Jesus Interview, Tape 1

Interview with Daisy De Jesus. De Jesus speaks about being born in Puerto Rico and migrating to New York City with her family in 1950. She described her family background and her life growing up in Chelsea. She also discusses her experiences as a lesbian and her feelings about Gay/Lesbian Liberation during that time period. De Jesus talks about the creation of Salsa Soul Sisters and how being…