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Ramón Velez Interview, Tape 1



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Ramón S. Velez was a Korean War veteran, part of the illustrious 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as “The Borinqueneers.” Mr. Velez arrived in New York at the age of 28 and went on to become a renowned Hispanic leader during the 1960s who worked tirelessly to promote the interest of underserved communities. His leadership and vision resulted in the implementation of bilingual education in the New York City public school system, the registration of thousands of Spanish-speaking voters following the abolition of discriminatory language requirements, the Hunts Point Multi-Service Center, and other accomplishments.

This audiotape contains an interview of Ramón Velez, during which he narrates his life story, visions for the future, and his fight against social injustice in New York City throughout the last half of the 20th century. He discusses how he advocated for cultural equality in public schools, helped create Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, and other exploits in the face of adversity.

Language: Spanish




00:45:23 [Side A]
00:45:35 [Side B]




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Digital Format

Preservation file: 24-bit/96 kHZ uncompressed WAV file
Access file: MP3

Physical Format


Audio quality a bit choppy. Interview ends toward middle of side B and cuts into an opera music recording