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2/21/2018 MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Diaz to host celebration of 174 years of Dominican Republic independence, heritage
STATE HOUSE — In conjunction with the Dominican Independence and Heritage Award Committee of Rhode Island, Rep. Grace Diaz (D – Dist. 11, Providence) will host the Dominican Republic Independence Anniversary and Heritage Celebration Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. at the State House. The celebration, which will commemorate the anniversary of the Dominican Republic’s independence, will be held in the governor’s State Room. 

The Dominican Republic declared its independence from Haiti on Feb. 27, 1844.

This year’s ceremony will recognize outstanding individuals who represent the best of the Dominican-American community’s efforts to make Rhode Island a better place, including Jose Luis Suazo for outstanding contribution to Dominican art, Antonio Valdez for outstanding Dominican business leadership, Dr. Jose Polanco for outstanding Dominican professionals, Dr. Joany Santa for outstanding Dominican leadership in education, Anaridis Rodriguez for outstanding Dominican youth talent, Francisco Ramirez for outstanding contribution to Dominican sport in Rhode Island, Gregorio Vanderhorst for outstanding Dominican public servant in Rhode Island, and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse for outstanding contribution to the Dominican community in Rhode Island.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Ramona Hernandez, PhD. A native of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Hernández holds the positions of Director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, Professor of Sociology at the City College of New York, and Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in the Department of Sociology.

Renowned sociologist and public intellectual in the United States, Dr. Hernández has authored pioneering texts about the mobility of workers from Latin America and the Caribbean, the socioeconomic conditions of Dominicans outside of the Dominican Republic, particularly in the United States, and the restructuring of the world economy and its effects on working class people.

Representative Diaz and former Senator Juan Pichardo are the founders of the Dominican Independence Award Committee and annual celebration, which has shed light on the many contributions of Dominican-Americans in Rhode Island for the last 14 years.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903