Berta Cáceres (1971-2016)
Co-founder of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras to address the growing threats posed to Lenca communities by illegal logging, fight for their territorial rights and improve their livelihoods.
She was the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient
Sophie Cruz (b. 2010)
Advocate for children of undocumented immigrants.
At 5 years old, Cruz gave Pope Francis a letter during his visit to the white house in 2015 about her fears of being deported. She is now the voice for children of undocumented immigrants around the globe.
Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales (1928-2005)
Boxer, writer, and activist.
Sylvia Mendez (b.1936)
Nurse and civil rights activist.
In 2011 Sylvia Mendez received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama for her advocacy for educational opportunity for “children of all backgrounds and all walks of life.”
Lizzie Velasquez (b.1989)
Motivational Speaker and advocate for people who have both disability identities and Hispanic heritage.
Velasquez was born with an extremely rare condition that is to believed to affect only two other people in the world. When she was 17 years old, she did a interview for a local television station, and a clip of the interview was posted on YouTube with the label "The World's Ugliest Woman." It had already received over 4 million viewers by the time Velasquez found the clip. Since then, Velasquez has devoted her life to speaking against cyber-bullying and negative body image.
Gloria E. Azaldua (1942-2004)
Poet, writer, and feminist theorist.
Some of her most famous work includes:
Achievements and honors:
Isabel Allende (b.1942)
Chilean author Isabel Allende is renowned for writing international bestsellers including 'The House of Spirits,' 'City of the Beasts,' 'Inés of My Soul' and 'Paula.'
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion, and bold, vibrant colors. She is celebrated in Mexico for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927-2014)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a Colombian novelist and one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, mostly for his masterpiece Cien años de soledad (1967; One Hundred Years of Solitude).
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Pablo Picasso is probably the most important figure of the 20th century, in terms of art, and art movements that occurred over this period. Before the age of 50, the Spanish born artist had become the most well-known name in modern art, with the most distinct style and eye for artistic creation. There had been no other artists, prior to Picasso, who had such an impact on the art world, or had a mass following of fans and critics alike, as he did.
Luis Alvarez (1911-1988)
His research included particle physics, radar, and nuclear science. He developed multiple radar systems during World War II, worked on the Manhattan Project, and was involved in the development of a liquid hydrogen bubble chamber, which enabled detection of subatomic particles.
Franklin Chang-Diaz (b.1950)
Physicist and astronaut.
Franklin Chang-Díaz is a Costa Rican-born American physicist and the first Hispanic astronaut.
Biologist and Environmental Justice Advocate.
A Guatemalan immigrant of Cuban heritage, Hernandez Hammer works to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on low-income neighborhoods and communities of color across the U.S.
Helia Bravo Hollis (1901-2001)
Botanist, taxonomist, cactus researcher, and author.
Dr. Ellen Ochoa (b.1958)
Engineer an astronaut
Dr. Ellen Ochoa is an American engineer, former astronaut and former director of the Johnson Space Center. In 1993 Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Oscar De La Hoya (b.1973)
Former boxer, singer, and founder of Golden Boy Promotions
Jessica Mendoza (b.1980)
Retired Pro All-Star Softball player and MLB Analyst, ESPN
Samuel Peralta Sosa (b.1968)
Professional Baseball Player
Sosa is a Dominican American former professional baseball right fielder of Haitian descent. In 1999 Sosa became the first player to hit 60 homers in two seasons.
Jennifer Lopez, Singer
Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known by her nickname J.Lo, is an American actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, producer, and businesswoman. In 1991, Lopez began appearing as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993.
Lin-Manuel Miranda (b. 1980)
Actor, songwriter, rapper, producer, and playwright.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning actor, performer and writer known for his groundbreaking Broadway musicals 'In the Heights' and 'Hamilton.'
Selena Quintanilla-Perez (1971-1995)
Singer, songwriter, spokesperson, and fashion designer.
Known as the 'Queen of Tejano Music,' Selena Quintanilla was a beloved Latin recording artist who was killed by the president of her fan club at the age of 23.
Rita Moreno (b.1931)
Rita Moreno is a Puerto Rican actress known for her role as Anita in 'West Side Story.' The PEGOT winner broke new ground for Latinos in entertainment.